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Margaret Hinxman obituary

One of the leading British film critics of the postwar years who went on to write crime novels

iThe writer Margaret Hinxman, who has died aged 94, was one of the influential band of female critics who did much to encourage film in postwar Britain. She enjoyed a long and productive career on numerous magazines, including the influential Picturegoer, two national newspapers, the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Mail, and as a writer of fiction.

Following the doyennes of the profession Dilys Powell and CA Lejeune, who came from a slightly earlier generation, Hinxman’s contemporaries included the Sight and Sound editor Penelope Houston, Nina Hibben of the Morning Star, the magazine contributors Isabel Quigley, Virginia Graham, Maryvonne Butcher and Freda Bruce Lockhart, and the essayist Penelope Gilliatt. However, in later years their influence was blunted by a rise in testosterone-fuelled violence and numbing special effects in popular cinema.
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