Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray

and exchanged a brief greeting, Charlotte felt an impulse to declare herself, admit the game was up and ask him to ... nor was Dominique in the least affected by the lesions and unresolved knots of Charlotte Gray's childhood: she had ...

Author: Sebastian Faulks

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780804152600

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Faulks's first novel since the extraordinary success of Birdsong is written with the same passion, power and breadth of vision. Set in England and France during the darkest days of World War II, Charlotte Gray, like Birdsong, depicts a complex love affair that is both shaped and thwarted by war. It is 1942. London is blacked out, but France is under a greater darkness, as the occupying Nazi forces encroach ever closer in a tense waiting game. Charlotte Gray, a volatile but determined young woman, travels south from Edinburgh. Working in London, she has a brief but intense love affair with an RAF pilot. When his plane is lost over France, she contrives to go there herself to work in the Resistance and to search for him--but then is unwilling to leave as she finds that the struggle for the country's fate is intimately linked to her own battle to take control of her life. Faulks's novel is an examination of lost paradises, politics without belief, the limits of memory, the redemptive power of art and the existence of hope beyond reason. It is also a brilliant evocation of life in Occupied France and, more significantly, a revelation of the appalling price many Frenchmen paid to survive in unoccupied, so-called Free France. As the men, women and children of Charlotte's small town prepare to meet their terrible destiny, the truth of what took place in wartime France is finally exposed. When private lives and public events fatally collide, the roots of the characters' lives are torn up and exposed. These harrowing scenes are presented with the passion and narrative force that readers will recall from Birdsong. Charlotte Gray will attract even more readers to Faulks's remarkable fiction.
Categories: Fiction

Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction

Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction

CHARLOTTE GRAY. Novel and motion picture. Charlotte Gray, a wartime story of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), is the sixth novel by the acclaimed author Sebastian Faulks; following The Girl at the Lion d'Or (1989) and Birdsong ...

Author: Alan Burton

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442255876

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 532

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The Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction is a detailed overview of the rich history and achievements of the British espionage story in literature, cinema and television. It provides detailed yet accessible information on numerous individual authors, novels, films, filmmakers, television dramas and significant themes within the broader field of the British spy story. It contains a wealth of facts, insights and perspectives, and represents the best single source for the study and appreciation of British spy fiction. British spy fiction is widely regarded as the most significant and accomplished in the world and this book is the first attempt to bring together an informed survey of the achievements in the British spy story in literature, cinema and television. The Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on individual authors, stories, films, filmmakers, television shows and the various sub-genres of the British spy story. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about British spy fiction.
Categories: Performing Arts

Mothers of Heroes Mothers of Martyrs

Mothers of Heroes  Mothers of Martyrs

In a recent book entitled Great Questions of Canada, Charlotte Gray and Peter Newman answer the question, “Where have all the heroes gone?” Their responses deal with both the emotional and the geographical makeup of Canadian society.

Author: Suzanne Evans

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773560239

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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Suzanne Evans finds commonalities between the many images of war mothers - the Canadian Silver Cross mother, the ancient Jewish Maccabean mother of seven martyred sons, the mother of a Palestinian suicide bomber. She compares the lore about mothers of martyrs in the Judeo-Christian, Muslim, and Sikh traditions with stories of World War I Canadian mothers who were depicted in the media as having sacrificed their sons for the sake of civilization, justice, freedom, and God. After the war these mothers were honoured with the Silver Cross medal. Evans argues that, like the mothers of past martyrs, the image of the war-supportive mother in Canada had a powerful influence over public opinion and drew supporters to the cause.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Je T Aime Moi Non Plus

Je T Aime    Moi Non Plus

Directed in 2001 by Gillian Armstrong and starring Cate Blanchett and Billy Crudup, Charlotte Gray could hardly be more different. The high-profile international movie was a coproduction between the U.K., Australia and Germany; ...

Author: Lucy Mazdon

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845458553

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

View: 981

A series of limiting definitions have tended to delineate the Franco-British cinematic relationship. As this collection of essays reveals, there is much more to it than simple oppositions between British critical esteem for the films of France and French dismissal of 'le cinéma British', or the success of Ken Loach et al. at the French box office and the relative dearth of French movies on British screens. In fact, there has long been a rich and productive dialogue between these two cultures in which both their clear differences and their shared concerns have played a vital role. This book provides an overview of the history of these relations from the early days of sound cinema to the present day. The chapters, written by leading experts in the history of French, British and European cinema, provide insights into relations between French and British cinematic cultures at the level of production, exhibition and distribution, reception, representation and personnel. The book features a diverse range of studies, including: the exhibition of French cinema in Britain in the 1930s, contemporary 'extreme' French cinema, stars such as Annabella, David Niven and Jane Birkin and the French Resistance on British screens.
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Looking Glass Wars Spies on British Screens since 1960

Looking Glass Wars  Spies on British Screens since 1960

Charlotte Gray was an expensive flop. ... 29 September 2001).483 Debating whether Charlotte Gray “really deserves its place in British cinema's hall of infamy”, Time Out reminded readers that, “Certain films are now remembered as much ...

Author: Alan Burton

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622732906

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 550

View: 217

Looking-Glass Wars: Spies on British Screens since 1960 is a detailed historical and critical overview of espionage in British film and television in the important period since 1960. From that date, the British spy screen was transformed under the influence of the tremendous success of James Bond in the cinema (the spy thriller), and of the new-style spy writing of John le Carré and Len Deighton (the espionage story). In the 1960s, there developed a popular cycle of spy thrillers in the cinema and on television. The new study looks in detail at the cycle which in previous work has been largely neglected in favour of the James Bond films. The study also brings new attention to espionage on British television and popular secret agent series such as Spy Trap, Quiller and The Sandbaggers. It also gives attention to the more ‘realistic’ representation of spying in the film and television adaptations of le Carré and Deighton, and other dramas with a more serious intent. In addition, there is wholly original attention given to ‘nostalgic’ spy fictions on screen, adaptations of classic stories of espionage which were popular in the late 1970s and through the 1980s, and to ‘historical’ spy fiction, dramas which treated ‘real’ cases of espionage and their characters, most notably the notorious Cambridge Spies. Detailed attention is also given to the ‘secret state’ thriller, a cycle of paranoid screen dramas in the 1980s which portrayed the intelligence services in a conspiratorial light, best understood as a reaction to excessive official secrecy and anxieties about an unregulated security service. The study is brought up-to-date with an examination of screen espionage in Britain since the end of the Cold War. The approach is empirical and historical. The study examines the production and reception, literary and historical contexts of the films and dramas. It is the first detailed overview of the British spy screen in its crucial period since the 1960s and provides fresh attention to spy films, series and serials never previously considered.
Categories: Performing Arts

Contemporary British Novelists

Contemporary British Novelists

Since Birdsong Faulks has published Charlotte Gray (1998) and On Green Dolphin Street (2001). In Charlotte Gray he is (perhaps too clearly) trying to use a narrative set in the Second World War to investigate the same kind of ...

Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134604708

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 257

Featuring a broad range of contemporary British novelists from Iain Banks to Jeanette Winterson, Louis de Bernieres to Irvine Welsh and Salman Rushdie, this book offers an excellent introductory guide to the contemporary literary scene. Each entry includes concise biographical information on each of the key novelists and analysis of their major works and themes. Fully cross-referenced and containing extensive guides to further reading, Fifty Contemporary British Novelists is the ideal guide to modern British fiction for both the student and the contemporary fiction buff alike.
Categories: Fiction

Autobiography of a London Detective

Autobiography of a London Detective

Just fancy often joined us for an hour or two , a detective police - officer , hardened , and more than once listened with apcynicized by the wear and tear of five parent interest - Miss Charlotte Gray and - twenty years ' experience in ...

Author: William Russell

Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101064914664

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Page: 187

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The New Scottish Cinema

The New Scottish Cinema

Yet despite their contrasting reputations, suggestive affinities between Morvern Callar and Charlotte Gray abound. Both films are directed by prominent female artists. Both are intimately associated with figures whose international ...

Author: Jonathan Murray

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857726346

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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From a near standing start in the 1970s, the emergence and expansion of an aesthetically and culturally distinctive Scottish cinema proved to be one of the most significant developments within late-twentieth and early twenty-first-century British film culture. Individual Scottish films and filmmakers have attracted notable amounts of critical attention as a result. The New Scottish Cinema, however, is the first book to trace Scottish film culture's industrial, creative and critical evolution in comprehensive detail across a forty-year period. On the one hand, it invites readers to reconsider the known - films such as Shallow Grave, Ratcatcher, The Magdalene Sisters, Young Adam, Red Road and The Last King of Scotland. On the other, it uncovers the overlooked, from the 1980s comedic film makers who followed in the footsteps of Bill Forsyth to the variety of present-day Scottish film making - a body of work that encompasses explorations of multiculturalism, exploitation of the macabre and much else in between.In addition to analysing an eclectic range of films and filmmakers, The New Scottish Cinema also examines the diverse industrial, institutional and cultural contexts which have allowed Scottish film to evolve and grow since the 1970s, and relates these to the images of Scotland which artists have put on screen. In so doing, the book narrates a story of interest to any student of contemporary British film.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Clinch Knot

The Clinch Knot

Charlotte snarled and held on. There followed a truly awful moment where both parents pulled, little arms stretched, the binky fell to the floor, and the child began to screech, turning heads in the tavern. The struggle went on, Gray ...

Author: John Galligan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440532399

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 411

The Dog is in Livingston, Montana, daydreaming about fishing the Stone and, as usual, subsisting on Swisher Sweets, vodka-Tang, and the hope that pretending to forget will be enough. He's forged a few tenuous friendships, and now finds himself watching from the bank as troubled local girl Jesse Ringer leads D'Ontario Sneed into the swift current of young love. It's sweet, really . . . but some of the locals object to the relationship on the basis of Sneed's skin color. Then the unthinkable: vibrant, wild Jesse is found shot in the head, and Sneed is passed out in her car, gun beside him, window seams taped, and engine running. Sneed is hospitalized for severe carbon monoxide poisoning and can't string together a sentence to defend himself, so it falls to the Dog. If only the Dog could run from his life without ending up in the tangle and snarl of the lives of others. A man who wants to lose himself in the current must be careful of his backcast; it'll always keep him tethered to a life he's trying to forget.
Categories: Fiction

Women in War Films

Women in War Films

Charlotte Gray The fictional film Charlotte Gray (2001) is a picture with many similarities to Carve Her Name with Pride. The composite character Charlotte is actually based on four real British agents during World War II: Pearl ...

Author: Ralph Donald

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442234475

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

View: 726

This companion volume to Reel Men at War takes a look at how women have been portrayed in war films, from silents of the 1920s to films of the twenty-first century. The authors explore the full range of women on the home front, covering nurses and doctors on the war front and women in combat. Films examined include Wings, A Farewell to Arms, Since You Went Away, So Proudly We Hail, Mrs. Miniver, A Guy Named Joe, The Best Years of Our Lives, From Here to Eternity, M*A*S*H, Coming Home, Aliens, G. I. Jane, Courage under Fire, Starship Troopers, Inglorious Basterds, and Zero Dark Thirty. This volume also includes an extensive filmography with brief assessments of how women are portrayed in each of these films.
Categories: Performing Arts