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Resources relating to the WJEC AS-Level Film Studies (FM2) cultural study unit on 1980's - Thatcher's Britain
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Fires were started: British Cinema & Thatcherism

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Fires Were Started is a provocative analysis of theresponses of British film to the policies and political ideology of the Conservative governments of MargaretThatcher (see p294 for 'The Cook the Thief - that section can be read online)

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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) | 1001 Movies ...

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) | 1001 Movies ... | FM2: The 1980s - Thatcher's Britain | Scoop.it
With everything it has to say, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover really needs to be watched more than once to glean all you can from it. Despite the difference in tone and message, and despite the rather disparate ...
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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, And Her Lover

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Those who lived in England during the Thatcher years are better equipped than I to unpack the particulars of Greenaway’s allegory: Thatcher as “The Thief,” “The Cook” and his staff as the downtrodden commoner, “His Wife” as Mother England, and “Her Lover” as the feckless intellectual class. Really, the politics of Cook, Thief could probably be broadly applied to many tyrannical administrations, at least in those democracies that occasionally elect a power-hungry boor into high office. Any specific references to Thatcher quotes or policies escaped my notice entirely. But satires like this one are intended as Swiftian broadsides, and on that score, Greenaway registers his disgust with a thunderous belch that would impress Albert Spica himself.

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Not Just Movies: 1989 Rewind: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

Not Just Movies: 1989 Rewind: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover | FM2: The 1980s - Thatcher's Britain | Scoop.it
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The Long Good Friday: Vision of a dark future

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A few years back, Bob Hoskins was turning into his drive when he hit another car. He got out of the car to apologise, he says, but "he recognised me and his face dropped.
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The Renaissance of the 1980s: Introduction

The British Film Resource

 

An extensive library of film theory
relating to the first 100 years of British Film.

 

1980-1990

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Warped Screen: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

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The great travesty about this film is that many critics have tried to ...  bestow on the film the false dignity of being a grand anti-Thatcher metaphor, with Cook=Old Family Firms, Thief=80s Corporate Raiders, Wife=Basic British Decency, and Lover=Supine Labour Opposition. The film needs no such interpretation to constitute a shattering rebuke to Thatcherism; its very nature makes it totally antithetical to such.

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Dangerous Minds | ‘Cast and Crew’: Documentary on the making of the ‘The Long Good Friday’

Dangerous Minds | ‘Cast and Crew’: Documentary on the making of the ‘The Long Good Friday’ | FM2: The 1980s - Thatcher's Britain | Scoop.it
  It started when producer Barry Hanson asked writer Barrie Keeffe, one night, what film he’d like to see? Keeffe said he wanted to see an American gangster film set in the East End of London.
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BFI Screenonline: British Film in the 1980s

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'The British are coming!' - but how far did they get?
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BBC - History - British History in depth: Thatcherism and the End of the Post-War Consensus

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From the Welfare State to Thatcherism, by Dennis Kavanagh...
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