chapter  6
Other visions, screens and pleasures
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In the post-war world, once again faced with a flood of American films, many of which were held up by the hostilities, British critics struggled to find an alternative in 'quality' British films. Against the glamorous power of the Hollywood star system and the individual popularities of Tyrone Power, Victor Mature, Judy Garland, Jane Russell and Ava Gardner, the critics' choice usually fell on films that dealt 'realistically' with the war (Western Approaches, In Which We Serve, The Way To The Stars), the classics (Henry V, Great Expectations), or an 'adult film expressing an essential Englishness' such as the self-denying fortitude of the two lovers in David Lean's Briq Encounter (Perry, 1975).