British Realistic Films Over the Last 40 Years: Masculinity in a Feminine Way?

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On the Subject of Billy Elliot, Full Mounty and Others in British Realistic Films Over the Last 40 Years
By Dominique Memmi

Art is not a mere reflection, but a symbolical research in process. Over the last forty years, a solution against social and cultural domination of the working class has been sought in English realistic cinema. What does one do with a resource that is valueless when it continues to define social identity? How can one become another while remaining oneself? When virility ceased to find favors on the English labor market, a solution presented here was still possible: to use the traditional masculinity in a feminine way.


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