The Winslow Boy

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Commentary

Made in 1948, The Winslow Boy was adapted from a play by Terence Rattigan (and directed by Anthony Asquith). Its domestic interiors recreate an era immediately before the First World War, and ‘belong’ to the respectable and upper-middle-class Winslow family. Mr. Winslow (played by Sir Cecil Hardwicke) is shown here in the drawing room of his home with family members and friends. As a rule, working-class families during this period did not use the domestic interior as a setting for sociability beyond the family itself. The middle-class home, however, was in many ways configured around the knowledge that it would be used for ‘entertaining’.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Identities
Human Relationships
Leisure
Social Position

Dominant Representational Strategies

Elements
Context

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Town house
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Eating and Drinking
Intellectual, Cultural and Spritual
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Eating
Smoking
Standing
Sitting
Talking

Rooms

Type
Leisure / Games Room
Multifunctional Living Space
Social and Sitting Spaces
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male
Female

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Equipment
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display
Seating
Lighting
Heating

Bibliography

Direct Cross-References

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1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1068

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1069

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1070

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1071

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1072

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1073

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1074

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1075

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1084

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1086

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1087

The Winslow Boy

1948; 1900-1914

Moving Image, QC1088

Indirect Cross-References

Names
Date(s)
1948
1900-1914
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Moving Image
Type
Film Still
Genre
Domestic Genre
Publication
Copyright
copyright Canal + Images International 2000
Location
Record ID
QC1076