Youth-Oriented Films of 1960s Britain Essay by The Research Group

Youth-Oriented Films of 1960s Britain
A look at the impact of youth culture and rebellious attitudes on a number of British films of the Sixties.
# 24370 | 2,475 words | 17 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in Film (History of)

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Impact of youth culture & rebellious attitudes on a number of British films of the Sixties. New techniques, pop music & themes of discontent, anti-authority, new sexual permissiveness. Films analyzed include "Darling," "Alfie," Georgy Girl," "Blow-Up," "Billy Liar," & Director Richard Lester's first Beatle film "A Hard's Day Night" and other movies.

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"The rise of youth-oriented culture in Britain was reflected in, and perpetuated by, films of the 1960s. The rebelliousness of Sixties youth developed from the anger over questions of class, poverty, and opportunity that characterized the "angry-young-man" school of film, but took on a fresh pop-culture sheen when it was joined to the rejection of social mores (especially regarding the new sexual freedom) and the celebration of youth embodied in the music and fashion of this era of revived prosperity. Film directors developed flashy new techniques that became, in themselves, an important part of the 'swinging' Sixties look and sound. Films such as Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, 1963) made the connection between the stifling weight of tradition and the youthful longing for freedom. This was reflected more lightheartedly in stylistically innovative..."

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