Category Archives: United Kingdom

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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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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Television

Source: Thomas Baird, ‘Television’, World Film News, vol. 3 no. 4 (August 1938), p. 188 Text: An American visitor to this country, when asked what he thought of the Derby, guessed that it had come to stay. Something of the … Continue reading

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Scandinavians

Source: Robert Ferguson, Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North (London: Head of Zeus, 2016), pp. 327-329 Text: Fast-foward, as they say, to 1967 and a Swedish film called Hugs and Kisses. It was at a time when … 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), p. 238 Text: AGE: 64 SEX: M. NATIONALITY: BRITISH FATHER’S OCCUPATION: BRICKLAYER MOTHER’S OCCUPATION: HELPMATE TO FATHER I am going to mention the titles of four … 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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