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Dr Charles Drazin

Charles

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Email: c.b.drazin@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2857
Room Number: Arts One 123

Profile

After taking a BA degree in Classics at Oxford, I worked for many years as an editor in London publishing. In 2006 I completed my PhD on the relationship between the French cinema and Hollywood and took up a lectureship at Queen Mary. The research conducted during my doctorate became the basis for The Faber Book of French Cinema, which was published in 2011. My primary research interest has been in the British cinema. My first book, The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s (1998), offered a group portrait of some of the key figures of the British cinema of the 1940s. I then went on to write In Search of The Third Man (1999), to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the celebrated film; and a biography of the producer Sir Alexander Korda, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul (2002). Since 2009, I have worked with the completion guarantor Film Finances to promote awareness of their internationally important archive of papers relating to the post-war independent film industry up until 1980. In 2011, I wrote the book A Bond for Bond: Film Finances and Dr No. In 2014, I co-edited a Film Finances special issue of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, which was published in March 2014, and I am currently researching a full history of the company. The other major areas of research interest are Lindsay Anderson, and the film-making partnership of Powell and Pressburger, on whom I am writing a monograph. In May 2015 I completed a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, where the chief focus of my research was the collection of papers belonging to the art director Alfred Junge, who worked closely with Powell and Pressburger during the 1940s.

Research

Publications

Books and edited works:

  • Film Finances and Dr No (Film Finances, 2011)
  • The Faber Book of the French Cinema (Faber & Faber, 2011)
  • The Man Who Outshone the Sun King (Heinemann, 2008)
  • Edited with introduction, The Journals of John Fowles, vol. 2 (Jonathan Cape, 2006)
  • Edited with introduction, The Journals of John Fowles, vol. 1 (Jonathan Cape, 2003)
  • Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul (Macmillan, 2002; pbk edn, I.B. Tauris,   2011)
  • Co-authored with Ernst Malmsten and Erik Portanger, Boo Hoo: A Dot.com Story (Random House, 2001)
  • In Search of The Third Man (Methuen, 1999)
  • The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s (André Deutsch, 1998; pbk edn, I.B. Tauris, 2007)
  • Blue Velvet: A Bloomsbury Movie Guide (Bloomsbury, 1998)

Articles:

  • ‘Mixing Fact with Fiction’, booklet accompanying the StudioCanal Blu Ray release of The Third Man, July 2015
  • ‘The Origin, Practice and Meaning of the Free Cinema Manifesto’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, July 2014
  • ‘Persona Non Grata’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, July 2014
  • Interview with Lois Smith, Journal of British Cinema and Television, July 2014
  • ‘Film Finances: The First Years’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, March 2014.
  • ‘Dickens’ Jew – From Evil to Delightful’, Jewish Chronicle, 3 May 2013
  • The Distribution Of Powell and Pressburger's Films in the United States, 1939-1949, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, March 2013
  • ‘Cavalcanti: Lessons in Fusion at the GPO Film Unit’, in Scott Anthony and James Mansell (eds.), The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit (BFI Publishing, 2011)
  • ‘Some Notes on The Third Man’, booklet accompanying Optimum Blu Ray release of The Third Man, September 2010
  • ‘Korda, Colour and the Zeitgeist’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, April, 2010
  • If.... Before If....’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, November, 2008
  • ‘Editing: Lean Cuts’, Sight and Sound, July, 2008
  • ‘Anglo-American Collaboration: Korda, Selznick and Goldwyn’, in Paul Cooke (ed.), Dialogues with Hollywood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

 

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