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. The suitor of Kate Winslow (played by Margaret Leighton) is shown here reaching for the servants’ bell on the wall beside the fireplace in Mr. Winslow’s study. Larger middle-class homes of the era separated servants’ quarters from domestic spaces as much as possible. Often using a separate (and narrower) staircase, the decoration of servants’ quarters was also pared down and basic.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Human Relationships
Leisure
Social Position

Dominant Representational Strategies

Elements
Context

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Town house
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Standing

Rooms

Type
Library / Study
Social and Sitting Spaces
Multifunctional Living Space
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male

Objects

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

Bibliography

Direct Cross-References

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1948; 1900-1914

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Indirect Cross-References

Names
Date(s)
1948
1900-1914
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Moving Image
Type
Film Still
Genre
Interior View
Publication
Copyright
copyright Canal + Images International 2000
Location
Record ID
QC1087