Category Archives: Memoirs

The Crippled Tree

Source: Han Suyin, The Crippled Tree (London: Jonathan Cape, 1965), pp. 377-379 Text: The cinema was called in Chinese the True Light Cinema. It had a brown gooey façade, and at that time it looked enormous; it had suffered, forty … Continue reading

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Magic Moments

Source: John Sutherland, Magic Moments: Life-Changing Encounters with Books, Films, Music … (London: Profile Books, 2008), pp. 1-2, 5, 8 Text: I could see stories before I could read them. And the first narrative I recall seeing is the film … Continue reading

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Candles, Carts & Carbolic

Source: Jim Callaghan, Candles, Carts & Carbolic: A Liverpool Childhood Between the Wars (Lancaster: Palatine Books, 2001), pp. 35-36 Text: The Saturday afternoon visit to the pictures was our one and only treat, twopence in the Balcony, penny in the … Continue reading

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Flashback

Source: George Pearson, Flashback: The Autobiography of a British Film-maker (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1957), p. 130. Text: Of all the moments in my narrative, the Two Minutes’ Silence was by far the most important, the keystone of the … Continue reading

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What’s It All About?

Source: Michael Caine, What’s It All About? (London: Century, 1992), pp. 10-11 Text: When I was a teenager used to read a lot of biographies of actors to see if I had anything common with them, because by now I … Continue reading

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Silent Magic

Source: Ivan Butler, Silent Magic: Rediscovering the Silent Film Era (London: Columbus Books, 1987), pp. 27-31 Text: During the early part of the 1920s my own cinema-going was restricted by the confinements of boarding-school during term time, and in the … Continue reading

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Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

Source: Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864), pp. 180-181 Text: One day Herschel, sitting with me after dinner, amusing himself by spinning a pear upon the table, suddenly asked … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Tolstoy

Source: Aleksandra Tolstaya, The Tragedy of Tolstoy (Yale University Press, 1933) Text: Chertkov and mother willingly informed everybody of the day of father’s departure from Krekshino; and when we came to the railway station, moving-picture men and photographers were waiting … Continue reading

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