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British Cinemas and Their Audiences

Source: J.P. Mayer, British Cinemas and their Audiences: Sociological Studies (London: Dennis Dobson, 1948), pp. 68-72 Text: AGE: 19 SEX: F. OCCUPATION: CLERK NATIONALITY: BRITISH FATHER: ELECTRICAL ENGINEER MOTHER: HOUSEWIFE Since I am only nineteen this film autobiography is necessarily … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: Harold Walker, quoted in Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 83 Text: Harold Walker, 11 Regent St (aged 20), regular cinema-goer (10 times a month), preference – … Continue reading

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Sociology of Film

Source: J.P. Mayer, Sociology of Film: Studies and Documents (London: Faber and Faber, 1946), pp. 117-118 Text: 7. Y.L. I go to the films about once every fortnight, and I only go to it if it is worth while. I … Continue reading

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British Cinemas and Their Audiences

Source: J.P. Mayer, British Cinemas and their Audiences: Sociological Studies (London: Dennis Dobson, 1948), pp. 50-52 Text: NO. 17 AGE: 18 YRS. 8 MONTHS SEX: F. FATHER: MECHANICAL ENGINEER, MOTHER: HOUSEWIFE OCCUPATION: CIVIL SERVICE CLERK P.O. TELEPHONES NATIONALITY: BRITISH It … Continue reading

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A Sociology of the Cinema

Source: Emilie Altenloh, Zur Soziologie des Kino: Die Kino-Unternehmung und die Sozialen Schichten Ihrer Besucher, translated in part (by Kathleen Cross) as ‘A Sociology of the Cinema: the Audience’, Screen, vol. 42 no. 3, Autumn 2001, p.267 Text: Do you … Continue reading

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British Cinemas and their Audiences

Source: J.P. Mayer, British Cinemas and their Audiences: Sociological Studies (London: Dennis Dobson, 1948), pp. 182-184 Text: NO. 15A AGE: 18 SEX: F. PARENTS’ OCCUPATION: FATHER – SOLDIER, MOTHER – HOUSEWIFE OCCUPATION: G.P.O. EMPLOYEE NATIONALITY: BRITISH When I go to … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: Phyllis Cann, quoted in Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 57 Text: Mrs Phyllis Cann, 44 Bradford St (aged 30), regular cinema-goer (4 times a month), preference … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: Beatrice Hart, quoted in Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 122. Text: Beatrice Hart, 47 Rose St, Manchester Rd. (aged 29), regular cinemagoer (12-16 times a month), … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 229. Text: Commercial traveller, aged 35, Leamington Spa. Once per month I go to the films. This is when my car … Continue reading

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Sociology of Film

Source: J.P. Mayer, Sociology of Film: Studies and Documents (London: Faber and Faber, 1946), pp. 219-221 Text: Miss… In regard to your request for information as regards the average film audience I am writing the following examples of how some … Continue reading

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