‘Peter Brook’s Night of the Living Dead’: Horror, cinema and the post-war theatre

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Abstract

An examination of the relationship between theatre and film that focuses on the work of figures associated with the post-war British theatre but whose film work was often understood in terms of horror. In particular, it examines the ways in which their work was understood as shocking audiences through a confrontation with repressed materials and as narratively staging conflicts between protagonists that represent conflicting ideas. In other words, these stories were often understood as staging battles between characters that sought to assert domination and control over their adversaries, battles that often featured psychological cruelty and destructiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-93
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Adaptation in Film and Performance
Volume15
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • critical reception
  • film
  • horror
  • post-war Britain
  • the absurd
  • theatre

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