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“Stop Whining and Get on with the Basic Business of Being British”: Notes on Robin Wood, Canada and the Concept of National Film Culture

Hedling, Olof LU (2005) In Canadian Journal of Film Studies - Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques 14(2). p.84-93
Abstract
After emigrating from England to Canada in the late 1970s, Robin Wood gained wide recognition as a major “Canadian” film critic, but he was criticized by some for his luke-warm response to the cinema of his adopted country. That response can be traced, in part, to the influence of the English literary critic F.R. Levis, but also to intellectual trends and cultural preferences Wood shared with other young film critics who, like Wood, contributed to the London-based periodical Movie in the sixties and seventies. Wood subsequently adapted their critiques of British national cinema and their admiration for Hollywood cinema to the film culture of Canada.







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After emigrating from England to Canada in the late 1970s, Robin Wood gained wide recognition as a major “Canadian” film critic, but he was criticized by some for his luke-warm response to the cinema of his adopted country. That response can be traced, in part, to the influence of the English literary critic F.R. Levis, but also to intellectual trends and cultural preferences Wood shared with other young film critics who, like Wood, contributed to the London-based periodical Movie in the sixties and seventies. Wood subsequently adapted their critiques of British national cinema and their admiration for Hollywood cinema to the film culture of Canada.







Après avoir émigré de l’Angleterre au Canada à la fin des années 1970, Robin Wood est devenu un critique « canadien » majeur. On lui a cependant reproché son manque d’enthousiasme pour le cinéma canadien. Son attitude face au cinéma canadien résultait en partie de l’influence du critique littéraire anglais F.R. Lewis. Mais elle découlait aussi des tendances intellectuelles et des préférences culturelles que Wood partageait avec d’autres jeunes chroniqueurs qui, comme lui, avaient contribué à la revue londonienne Movie au cours des années 1960 et 70. Wood a appliqué à la culture cinématographique canadienne la critique du cinéma national britannique et l’admiration pour le cinéma hollywoodien qui caractérisaient Movie. (Less)
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Canadian Journal of Film Studies - Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques
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Après avoir émigré de l’Angleterre au Canada à la fin des années 1970, Robin Wood est devenu un critique « canadien » majeur. On lui a cependant reproché son manque d’enthousiasme pour le cinéma canadien. Son attitude face au cinéma canadien résultait en partie de l’influence du critique littéraire anglais F.R. Lewis. Mais elle découlait aussi des tendances intellectuelles et des préférences culturelles que Wood partageait avec d’autres jeunes chroniqueurs qui, comme lui, avaient contribué à la revue londonienne Movie au cours des années 1960 et 70. Wood a appliqué à la culture cinématographique canadienne la critique du cinéma national britannique et l’admiration pour le cinéma hollywoodien qui caractérisaient Movie.},
  author       = {Hedling, Olof},
  issn         = {0847-5911},
  keyword      = {national cinema,film criticism,robin wood,fr leavis},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {84--93},
  publisher    = {the Film Studies Association of Canada / Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques},
  series       = {Canadian Journal of Film Studies - Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques},
  title        = {“Stop Whining and Get on with the Basic Business of Being British”: Notes on Robin Wood, Canada and the Concept of National Film Culture},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2005},
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