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British Films of the 1960s

The economy of postwar Britain did not begin to revive until the early 1950s but from 1951 to 1963 wages rose by 72 per cent and prices were held back to a mere 45 per cent increase, unemployment was very low, and the rapid expansion of the market for consumer goods "seemed to indicate that poverty would soon be a thing of the past" (Murphy 115). The combination of higher wages, higher employment and "an Americanization typified by the advent of the supermarket, the laundrette, and the coffee bar" created a consumer society that was seemingly leading towards "a more open and essentially classless society" (Armes 237). At the same time, however, a significant portion of the British population under the age of thirty was developing a strong sense of discontent. Even though things were better for most people many youths believed that little was really changing and saw the middle-class values to which everyone aspired as repressive and dull and middle-class success as a dead end. This attitude was embodied in the dramatists and novelists, such as John Osborne and Alan Sillitoe, who, although they did not like to be lumped together as Angry Young Men, "shared an aversion to authority and were attuned to everyday speech," turning their scorn on many targets wit


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