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The Cinema of Michael WinterbottomBorders, Intimacy, Terror$
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Bruce Bennett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167376

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167376.001.0001

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Nation and Genre

Nation and Genre

(p.105) Chapter Three Nation and Genre
The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

Bruce Bennett

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyses Michael Winterbottom’s With or Without You (1999), Jude (1996), The Claim (2000), A Cock and Bull Story (2005), and 24 Hour Party People (2002), focusing on the relationship between nation and cinematic genre. These films are reworkings of heritage films or costume films. Although this genre does not have the significance of a foundation myth for British popular culture, it has nevertheless been the object of debates about national identity, the relationship between the present and the past, and the position of cinema in relation to a national culture. Through a distinctive treatment of visual style, setting and iconography, and narrative organisation, the films prompt the viewer to reflect on the stories told by filmmakers about national cultures and identities, and also the ways in which the accumulation of such stories and images contributes to the formation of national cultures.

Keywords:   heritage films, costume films, British popular culture, national identity, national culture

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