Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Brian Neve

Honorary Reader specialising in the art and politics of film – especially in the USA

Brian Neve

Honorary Reader in Politics BA, MA


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I worked at the University of Bath for over thirty years, developing an expertise in archive and other forms of historical research relating to American film and politics.

I’ve worked extensively in Los Angeles on studio archives, and my published work includes:

  • studies of the Hollywood Left
  • the Hollywood Blacklist
  • filmmakers including Robert Rossen, Elia Kazan, Joseph Losey and Cy Endfield

I’ve also worked on aspects of British film and the British film industry.

At the University of Bath I taught units (including on the MA on European Film) on Film and Politics, Documentary, American Politics, and the Politics of the Media. I was also Deputy Director of Studies in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies.

I introduced archive film series in 2015/2016 in Madison Wisconsin, Anthology Cinema Archives in New York, and at UCLA. I’ve introduced films at the Watershed, Bristol and at the National Gallery, London, and contributed to radio broadcasts on film and cultural topics, and on American elections.

Research interests

  • The studios and Hollywood ‘independence’, especially 1940s-60s
  • The thirties generation of liberal-leftist directors and writers
  • The Hollywood Left and the Blacklist
  • Contemporary political narratives in film
  • The film production process: producers, directors, writers etc.

Current projects

  • Vidor’s Our Daily Bread and 1930s politics/film
  • The Hollywood Blacklist (ongoing)
  • Film and society/politics
  • Film Noir and politics
  • Budd Schulberg



Neve, B., 2015. The Many Lives of Cy Endfield:Film Noir, the Blacklist, and Zulu. The University of Wisconsin Press. (Wisconsin Film Studies)

Neve, B., 2009. Elia Kazan:The Cinema of an American Outsider. I.B.Tauris.

Krutnik, F., Neale, S., Neve, B. and Stanfield, P., eds., 2007. "Un-American Hollywood": Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era. Rutgers University Press.

Neve, B., 1992. Film and Politics in America: A Social Tradition. Routledge.

Davies, P. and Neve, B., eds., 1981. Cinema, Politics and Society in America. Manchester University Press.

Neve, B. and Grimond, J., 1975. The Referendum. Rex Collings.

Book Sections

Neve, B., 2016. Our daily bread:'co-operation',' independence' and politics in mid-1930s cinema. In: Morgan, I. and Davies, P. J., eds. Hollywood and the Great Depression. Edinburgh, U. K.: Edinburgh University Press.

Neve, B., 2016. Introduction:political Hollywood. In: Tzioumakis, Y. and Molloy, C., eds. The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics. London, U. K.: Routledge.

Neve, B., 2013. The politics of film noir. In: Spicer, A. and Hanson, H., eds. A Companion to Film Noir. Chichester, U. K.: WIley-Blackwell, pp. 177-192.

Neve, B., 2013. Morality, politics and self-interest:framing the Hollywood blacklist. In: Miller, J., ed. Film and Ethics. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U. K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 67-81. (Liverpool Hope University Studies in Ethics Series; 11 : Ethics and Film)

Neve, B., 2012. Hollywood and politics in the 1940s and 1950s. In: Neale, S., ed. The Classical Hollywood Reader. Abingdon, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 389-398.

Neve, B., 2011. "The picture man":the cinematic strife of Theodore Roosevelt. In: Morgan, I. W., ed. Presidents in the Movies. New York, U. S. A.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 65-86. (The Evolving American Presidency)

Neve, B., 2011. "Independence" and the "art film":Baby Doll and after. In: Dombrowski, L., ed. Kazan Revisited. Middletown, U.S.A.: Wesleyan University Press, pp. 75-86.

Neve, B., 2011. European film culture and the Hollywood blacklist diaspora. In: Feldner, H., Gorarra, C. and Passmore, K., eds. The Lost Decade? The 1950s in European History, Politics, Society and Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Neve, B., 2007. Graham Greene and the Cold War: Cinema's first "The Quiet American". In: Lev, P. and Walsh, J., eds. The Literature/Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, pp. 235-244.

Krutnik, F., Neale, S., Neve, B. and Stanfield, P., 2007. Introduction. In: Krutnik, F., Neale, S., Neve, B. and Stanfield, P., eds. "Un-American Hollywood". New Brunswick, New Jersey; and London: Rutgers University Press, pp. 3-18.

Neve, B., 2007. Red Hollywood in transition: the case of Robert Rossen. In: Krutnik, F., Neale, S., Neve, B. and Stanfield, P., eds. "Un-American Hollywood": Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era. New Brunswick, New Jersey; and London: Rutgers University Press, pp. 184-197.

Neve, B., 2006. HUAC, the Blacklist and the decline of social cinema. In: Lev, P., ed. The Fifties. Berkeley, U. S. A.: University of California Press, pp. 65-86. (History of the American Cinema)

Neve, B., 2005. A past master of his craft: an interview with Fred Zinnemann. In: Miller, G., ed. Fred Zinnemann Interviews. Jackson, Miss.: University of Mississippi Press, pp. 145-156.

Neve, B., 2005. Film and Northern Ireland: beyond 'the troubles'? In: Everett, W., ed. European Identity in Cinema. 2nd edition. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 87-96.

Neve, B., 2004. From exile to expatriate: class and genre in Joseph Losey's early British films. In: Wagstaff, P., ed. Border Crossings, Mapping Identities in Europe.Vol. Volume 16. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 207-224. (European Connections series)

Neve, B., 2003. The personal and the political: Elia Kazan and On the Waterfront. In: Rapf, J. E., ed. On the Waterfront. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 20-39. (Series on Film)

Neve, B., 2002. Fred Zinneman: a past master of his craft. In: Crowdus, G. and Georgakas, D., eds. The Cineaste Interviews 2: Filmmakers on the Art and Politics of the Cinema. Chicago: Lake View Press, pp. 262-274.

Neve, B., 2002. Independent cinema and modern Hollywood: pluralism in American cultural politics? In: Davies, P. and Wells, P., eds. American Film and Politics from Reagan to Bush Jr. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 123-138.

Neve, B., 2000. On the Waterfront. In: Ellwood, D., ed. The Movies as History: Visions of the Twentieth Century. London: Sutton Publishing, pp. 105-113.

Neve, B. and Davies, P., 1981. Introduction. In: Davies, P. and Neve, B., eds. Cinema, Politics and Society in America. Manchester, U. K.: Manchester University Press, pp. 1-18.

Neve, B., 1981. The 1950s: the case of Elia Kazan and On the Waterfront. In: Davies, P. and Neve, B., eds. Cinema, Politics and Society in America. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 97-118.


Neve, B., 2015. Working-class noir in the blacklist era:the making of Cy Endfield’s " The Sound of Fury ". Cineaste, 40 (2), pp. 23-29.

Neve, B., 2010. Inflation (1943) and the blacklist: the disrupted film career of Cy Endfield. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 30 (4), pp. 515-528.

Neve, B., 2005. Elia Kazan's first testimony to the House Committee on un-American activities, executive session, 14 January 1952. Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, 25, pp. 251-272.

Neve, B., 2005. Cy Endfield: A Dossier. Film Studies, An International Review, 7 (Winter), pp. 116-127.

Neve, B., 2005. The Hollywood Left: Robert Rossen and Postwar Hollywood. Film Studies, An International Review, 7, 54--65.

Neve, B., 2002. Reassessing On the Waterfront. American Studies Today, 11, pp. 25-28.

Neve, B., 2002. Standing up for Lindsay Anderson (Review article). Cineaste, 28 (1), pp. 60-61.

Neve, B., 2000. Frames of presidential and candidate politics in American films of the 1990s. Javnost/The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, 7 (2), pp. 19-32.

Neve, B., 1999. Red Hollywood. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 19 (1), pp. 129-135.

Neve, B., 1997. Cinema, the Ceasefire and "the troubles". Irish Studies Review, 20, pp. 2-8.

Neve, B., 1997. Fred Zinnemann: a past master of his craft. Cineaste, 23 (1), pp. 15-19.

Neve, B., 1994. Film and the Irish conflict. Society for the Philosophic Study of the Visual Arts Newsletter, 4 (2), pp. 14-15.

Neve, B., 1990. Fellow Traveller. Sight & Sound, 59 (2), pp. 117-119.

Neve, B., 1989. Being a contender: a review essay. Journal of American Studies, 23 (2), pp. 299-301.

Neve, B., 1987. The immigrant experience on film: Kazan's America America. Film & History, 17 (3), pp. 62-68.

Neve, B., 1985. Government and film policy in Britain: a new era? Political Quarterly, 56 (1), pp. 85-89.

Neve, B., 1984. The screenwriter and the social problem film, 1936-1938: the case of Robert Rossen at Warner Bros. Film & History, 14 (1), pp. 2-13.

Neve, B., 1977. Bureaucracy and politics in local government: the role of local education officers. Public Administration, Autumn, pp. 291-303.

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