Britain Through the Lens

How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?

Introduction The term ‘gender’ is a social, cultural, and psychological construct which attributes specific traits and behaviours as being either male or female.[1] The films produced during the Second World War (1939-1945), in what Aldgate and Richards label the ‘Golden Age’ of film tend to focus on the home front, as opposed to the frontline,Continue reading “How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?”

How was women’s leisure depicted on screen in the first half of the twentieth century?

Introduction The term ‘leisure’ was developed after 1950; in the absence of the concept of leisure prior to that, it is more applicable to discuss how women chose to spend their ‘spare time’, or to identify what activities were conducted for pure female enjoyment.[1] The films I have chosen to discuss largely focus on workingContinue reading “How was women’s leisure depicted on screen in the first half of the twentieth century?”

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