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Tears of Laughter Comedy-Drama in 1990s British Cinema by Nigel Mather

Tears of Laughter Comedy-Drama in 1990s British Cinema


Tears of Laughter Comedy-Drama in 1990s British Cinema by Nigel Mather

'Tears of laughter' examines the interactions of comedy and drama in three vital thematic strands of British cinema during the 1990s: comedies exploring issues of class, culture and community in British society, 'ethnic' comedy-dramas engaging with complex issues of identity and allegiance in modern Britain, and romantic comedies featuring characters searching (somewhat desperately or frantically) for a suitable and desirable long-term or short-term partner. Films to be discussed in detail include 'Brassed Off' (1996), 'The Full Monty' (1997), 'East is East' (1999), 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (1994), 'Notting Hill' (1999) and a post-1990s romantic comedy, 'Love Actually' (2003). The study discusses these specific films and a range of other 1990s British comedy-drama films within the context of community-orientated Ealing comedy classics, contentious situation comedies treating race relations as both a laughing matter and a site of conflict ('Till Death Us Do Part' and 'Love Thy Neighbour'), and romantic comedies set and produced in Britain. It is aimed at film studies academics, students and film enthusiasts. -- .

About the Author

Nigel Mather writes on film and currently teaches Film Studies at the University of Kent -- .

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Publication date

28th February 2006


Nigel Mather

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Manchester University Press


224 pages


Film theory & criticism



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