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Whisky Galore! and The Maggie Colin McArthur

Whisky Galore! and The Maggie By Colin McArthur

Whisky Galore! and The Maggie by Colin McArthur

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Released in 1949 and 1953 respectively, both "Whisky Galore!" and "The Maggie" were made by Alexander Mackendrick. This book explores these Ealing Studios productions and the distinct representations of Scotland and the Scots that they offer.

Whisky Galore! and The Maggie Summary

Whisky Galore! and The Maggie by Colin McArthur

Alexander Mackendrick's first feature film "Whisky Galore!" (1949), based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie, pits the crafty islanders of Todday against the Customs and Excise men trying to halt their illegal consumption of whisky. His film "The Maggie", the adventures of a decrepit River Clyde cargo boat, was released in 1953. Both films offer distinctive representations of Scotland and the Scots, a theme that Colin McArthur pursues in this lively guide to the two films. He explores the wider context of a Britain experiencing and emerging from post-war austerity, as well as the role of Ealing Studios, for which Mackendrick made both films. McArthur examines the tastes and perceptions of reviewers and audiences, both British and American, at the time of the films' release, as well as changed contemporary perspectives. He pays particular attention to the career of Alexander Mackendrick and offers the controversial argument that while their representations of "Scottishness" may be suspect, the films themselves are of great artistic integrity and accomplishment.

Whisky Galore! and The Maggie Reviews

Sight & Sound: "his perspective yields some sharp insights into the films but does leave on an overall impression that the author is the only man canny enough to see clear" Film International: "A useful resource for students and scholars interested in contextualisation rather than mere opinion." Scottish Studies Review Journal: "the doyen of Scottish film criticism...fascinating" "wealth of anecdotal detail" "reminds by example that scholars can be active participants within popular culture as as Olympian vivisectionists of the same."

About Colin McArthur

Colin McArthur, formerly Head of the Distribution Division of the British Film Institute, teaches and writes extensively on British cinema as well as US cinema and television.

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Whisky Galore! and The Maggie by Colin McArthur
Used - Very Good
I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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