What cannot be said: 'Silent Dust'(1949)and the malevolent veteran

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Spicer, A. H. (2005) What cannot be said: 'Silent Dust'(1949)and the malevolent veteran. Zeithistorische Forschungen, 1 (1). pp. 110-118. ISSN 1612-6033 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/22285

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This was a counterpoint to the book chapter on service comedy. It explored a different type of 'unofficial' counter-hegemonic constructions of the Second World War' by focusing on a group of British films made immediately after the war and sporadically throughout the 1950s that depicted the return into civilian life of servicemen who could not adjust to the demands of peace and who became criminals or outlaws in civilian society. It was an important social phenomenon that this article contextualises before a detailed consideration of one, tough-minded, example, 'Silent Dust' whose ant-hero is a deserter and violent criminal. The film plays ironically with the theme of commemoration and shows that the official myth of a the war hid some disturbing undercurrents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Contains several illustrations taken from the film
Uncontrolled Keywords: second world war, returning servicemen, maladjusted veteran, British cinema, anti-hero, official myth
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
Depositing User: Professor A. Spicer
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 13:54
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2016 05:49
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/22285

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