Creativity and the 'B' feature: Terence Fisher's crime films

Spicer, A. H. (2006) Creativity and the 'B' feature: Terence Fisher's crime films. Film Criticism, 30 (2). pp. 185-207. ISSN 0163-5069 Available from:

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This article explores the neglected area of the B Feature, produced by small companies on very tight budgets. It explores how it is possible to be creative in these constrained circumstances by concentrating on the crime film directed by Terence Fisher in the late 1940s and the 1950s. These preceded the horror films ('Frankenstein', 1957 >)for which he is famous and which have been endlessly discussed. His crime films have had little or no attention and yet they reveal a clever sensibility at work, able to explore character and displaying a developed visual style. They reveal unexpectedly subtle performances by unsung actors, notably Eleanor Summerfield.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:contains illustrations taken from the films
Uncontrolled Keywords:creativity, 'B feature', Terence Fisher, crime films
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:22286
Deposited By: Professor A. Spicer
Deposited On:16 Jan 2014 13:55
Last Modified:17 Feb 2016 15:31

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