Author Archives: Luke McKernan

Diaries

Source: Diary entry for 30 March 1939, in George Orwell (ed. Peter Davison), Diaries (New York/London: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2009), p. 150 Text: Ship gives out a cyclostyled sheet of news every day. Movies occasionally (have not seen them yet). … Continue reading

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The Way of a Transgressor

Source: Negley Farson, The Way of a Transgressor (London: Victor Gollancz, 1935), pp. 328, 567 Text: We saw Marseilles at its very best as a colourful sink of iniquity. Cox’s were a bit obtuse in Marseilles (they hadn’t got on … Continue reading

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Youth at the Gate

Source: Ursula Bloom, Youth at the Gate (London: Hutchinson, 1959), pp. 23-26 Text: On Tuesday, August the fourth, when we were already half-way through the evening programme at the White Palace, Mr. Clements returned and started to talk again. He … Continue reading

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Diaries and Letters 1945-62

Source: Harold Nicolson (ed. Nigel Nicolson), Diaries and Letters 1945-62 (London: Collins, 1968), pp. 291-292 Text: 14th December 1955 C.1 Albany, W.1 I went with Baba, the Douglas Fairbankses and the Walter Moncktons to the first night of Olivier’s Richard … Continue reading

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An Angel at My Table

Source: Janet Frame, An Angel At My Table: The Complete Autobiography (London: Virago, 2010 – orig. pub. as three separate vols; vol. 2, An Angel at My Table, first pub. 1984), pp. 68-70 Text: When I was not going to … Continue reading

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An Island Night’s Entertainment

Source: ‘Inbad’, ‘An Island Night’s Entertainment’, Ladies’ Mirror, 1 May 1925, pp. 59-60 Text: AN ISLAND NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT by “INBAD” A LITTLE SCENIC COMEDY FROM THE PACIFIC PLAYGROUND Those who only know the “Movies” in such palatial homes as New … Continue reading

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Urban-Smith Kinemacolor Demonstration

Source: S.D. Levings, ‘Urban-Smith Kinemacolor Demonstration’, The Nickelodeon, 1 January 1910, pp. 7-9 Text: There is a certain Englishman by the name of Charles Urban, well known to the moving picture industry as a manufacturer of high grade motion picture … Continue reading

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Journal 1929

Source: Arnold Bennett, Journal 1929 (London: Cassell, 1930), pp. 123-126 Text: London, September. I went by invitation to the “world-premiere” of an English-written and English-directed talking film, in which Gloria Swanson was the star. The film was apparently made in … Continue reading

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A Japanese Cinema

Source: ‘A Japanese Cinema’, New Zealand Herald, 25 March 1933, supplement p. 10 Text: A JAPANESE CINEMA ENTHUSIASM OF AUDIENCE NO KISSES IN FILMS An interesting description of a visit to a Japanese cinema theatre is given by an English … Continue reading

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