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, Diana, the girlfriend of the murdered Tom (played by Dirk Bogarde) is shown lying on the bed in his flat. The moral judgment intended by the film on Diana lies not merely in her cohabitation with Tom. Through the pictures of film stars she has stuck to the wall, and the copy of Movie Life clasped in one hand, she is shown to have succumbed to the empty blandishments of popular culture. The freer access of working-class people to consumer practices in this period was often seen as morally degenerative.

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
Lying down
Standing
Talking
Shouting

Rooms

Type
Bedroom
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male
Female

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Detail
Reclining / Sleeping

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, QC1090

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
QC1091