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Mike Leigh

Sean O'Sullivan


This much needed examination of Mike Leigh reclaims the British director as a practicing theorist—a filmmaker deeply invested in cinema's formal, conceptual, and narrative dimensions. In contrast with Leigh's prevailing reputation as a straightforward crafter of social realist movies, the book illuminates the visual tropes and storytelling investigations that position Leigh as an experimental filmmaker who uses the art and artifice of cinema to frame tales of the everyday and the extraordinary alike. Concentrating on the most recent two decades of Leigh's career, the study examines how Naked, ... More

Keywords: Mike Leigh, experimental filmmaker, cinema, social realism, everyday, extraordinary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036385
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean O'Sullivan, author
Ohio State University