HOLLYWOOD ENGLAND is a book of an era as much as of the cinema. The focus of Walker's commentary is American power operating on British talent as, in the sixties, for the first time British cinema achieved a truly national character. It was an era of BILLY LIAR and KES, of the Beatles, musicals, the whole swinging London cycle; of directors such as Richardson, Loach and Russell and stars such as Albert Finney, Michael Caine and Julie Christie. And yet there was the irony that by the end of the decade Hollywood sustained 95% of British film making. Alexander Walker traces the change from the sober reality of post-Suez Britain to the consumer boom, and gives sharp judgements and critical appraisals on the vast variety of American and British film people who made up this extraordinary new wave.
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For four decades, Alexander Walker was Britain s leading film critic and historian, named Critic of the Year three times in the British Press Awards. In this classic trilogy, he gives us an eloquent, witty, thoroughly uncompromising history of the modern British film industry."
About Alexander Walker
Alexander Walker is the author of over twenty books about the cinema and its stars, including bestselling biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers and Audrey Hepburn. He has also written standard works on the coming of the Talkies, a monograph on Stanley Kubrick, and the fullest account to date of the British film industr from 1960 to 1985. He has been the London "Evening Standard's" influential film critic since 1960 and has been named "Critic of the Year" three times in the British Press Awards. A prolific broadcaster on television and radio, he wrote and narrated four series of "Film Star" for the BBC. Alexander Walker was born in Ireland, and educated there, on the Continent and in the United States.
Hollywood England by Alexander Walker
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