„Broken Britain”. The landscape of social conflicts in the 21st century British cinema Cover Image
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„Broken Britain”. The landscape of social conflicts in the 21st century British cinema

Author(s): Wojciech Sitek
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Photography, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: In the 21st century, some British filmmakers negated the tone developed by the directors of the socially engaged left-wing cinema and expressed on screen the views of theright-wing political elites. As seen by the conservatists, social perversions stemmed fromthe alleged docility of the Labour Party government, which supposedly weakened the institutions, thereby enticing moral degeneration of the lowest classes. In British films of the21st century, the social crisis was blamed on the envisioned social pockets of the demoralizedpoor, labeled as „broken society” (in relation to the construct present in the Torries’narration explaining the alleged moral, economic and social decline of Great Britain). Inthe cinema of „broken Britain”, the exaggerated threat of social collapse became the groundsfor a wishful confrontation of the degenerate representatives of lower classes withthe distressed „squares” pinning their hopes upon the restoration of a strong government.

  • Page Range: 49-76
  • Page Count: 28
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish