By Stephen C. Shafer
Shafer's research demanding situations the normal old assumption that British function movies throughout the Thirties have been quite often orientated to the middle-class. as a substitute, he makes the serious contrast among movies meant for West finish and foreign movement and people meant essentially for family, working-class audiences. faraway from being alientated through a 'middle-class institution', operating women and men flocked to work out photographs that includes such music-hall luminaries as Gracie Fields and George Formby.
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Without accurate box office data on specific films, more definitive judgments would be speculative; however, such information is rarely available and is always difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. However, public acceptance can be measured or inferred in a variety of other ways. The reissue of a film usually signifies its acceptance by the public, since ordinarily, only films that are successful or appreciated are ever reissued (although it is undeniable that some films may have been re-released because of a shortage of movies available for circulation).
37 Whether other ex-music hall performers studied the people they were depicting in films or ever felt the need for such research is not clear. But others laboring in the film industry indicated they too were striving for authenticity and honest views of ordinary people. 38 Some directors also were seeking authenticity in British popular films 1929—1939 46 their productions. 40 Even the producers would sometimes offer opinions as to the necessity of responding to the public outcry for honesty and authenticity in the portrayal of real people.
In spite of the generally held belief that British films avoided the working classes, a close examination of the content of British features during the decade shows that working-class characters and situations appeared with considerable regularity in British movies. 1. 5 British popular films 1929—1939 36 In five of the eleven years, the working classes figured significantly enough to be mentioned in more than two of every five films produced in Britain, and in 1935 and 1936, they were prominent in almost one of every two films made; in every other year of the decade, except somewhat surprisingly the last year prior to the war, working-class characters figured in more than one of every three features that were released.
British Popular Films, 1929-1939: The Cinema of Reassurance (Studies in Film, Television and the Media) by Stephen C. Shafer