Category Archives: Memoirs

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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Indirect Journey

Source: Harold Hobson, Indirect Journey: An Autobiography (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978), pp. 152-153 Text: Not only did we shout on the roads, but we also sometimes made a noise in the cinema, too, and in the theatre – not, … Continue reading

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Total Recall

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Story (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013), pp. 13-14 Text: Our education about the world continued at the NonStop Kino, a newsreel theater near the central square in Graz. It ran an … Continue reading

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Indiscretions of the Naval Censor

Source: Douglas Brownrigg, Indiscretions of the Naval Censor (London, Cassell, 1920), pp. 215-217 Text: After dinner, spurred by ennui, my companion and I went, to the local cinema house, or barn, and, climbing up many stairs, we arrived among the … Continue reading

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Magic Lantern

Source: Ingmar Bergman (trans. Joan Tate), Magic Lantern: An Autobiography by Ingmar Bergman (London: Penguin Books, 1988 – orig. pub. Laterna Magica, Norstedts Förlag, Sweden, 1987), pp. 14-16 Text: More than anything else, I longed for a cinematograph. The year … Continue reading

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