The Blue Lamp

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Commentary

Directed by Basil Dearden, The Blue Lamp (1950) was inspired by the contemporary public perception that new forms of youth culture in the major cities were giving rise to a wave of criminality. Here the murderer Tom (played by Dirk Bogarde) is shown in his flat with his girlfriend. The disorder of the interior and the gash in the plasterwork represent their moral dissolution. Here and elsewhere, the film also reflects through such interiors the equally common perception that young working-class women were abandoning traditional female roles and virtues.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Human Relationships
Social Position

Dominant Representational Strategies

Elements
Context

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Tenement
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Standing
Talking
Crying

Rooms

Type
Kitchen
Multifunctional Living Space
Social and Sitting Spaces
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male
Female

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display

Bibliography

Direct Cross-References

The Blue Lamp

1950

Moving Image, QC1081

The Blue Lamp

1950

Moving Image, QC1082

The Blue Lamp

1950

Moving Image, QC1083

The Blue Lamp

1950

Moving Image, QC1089

The Blue Lamp

1950

Moving Image, QC1091

The Blue Lamp

1950

Moving Image, QC1092

The Blue Lamp

1950

Moving Image, QC1093

Indirect Cross-References

Names
Date(s)
1950
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Moving Image
Type
Film Still
Genre
Interior View
Publication
Copyright
copyright 1950 Canal + Image UK
Location
Record ID
QC1090