Category Archives: 1930s

Diaries and Letters 1930-39

Source: Harold Nicolson (ed. Nigel Nicolson), Diaries and Letters 1930-39 (London: Collins, 1971), p. 390 Text: 4th February, 1939 V. and I go round to the Beales where there is a Television Set lent by the local radio-merchant. We see … 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. 233-234 Text: This letter is in answer to your appeal for help from members of the cinema audiences. I am a female, aged 17 yrs. … Continue reading

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Village Life in Old China

Source: Cornelius Osgood, Village Life in Old China; a community study of Kao Yao, Yünnan (New York, Ronald Press, 1963), pp. 19-20 Text: A little after nine we set out for the Cosmopolitan cinema in our host’s car. The journey … Continue reading

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Moslem Women Enter a New World

Source: Ruth Frances Woodsmall, Moslem Women Enter a New World (New York: Round Table Press, 1936), pp. 82-84 Text: The most widespread change in the general recreational life for women is shown by the increase of attendance at cinemas. Only … Continue reading

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Japanese Cinema

Source: Carl Koch, from ‘Japanese Cinema’, Close-up vol. VIII no. 4 (December 1931), pp. 296-298 Text: The Japanese film director and actor, Katsumi, recently showed me his latest film in a Berlin projection room. This film, in which he played … Continue reading

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The March of Japan

Source: Edgar Lajtha, The March of Japan (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, [1936]), pp. 109-114 Text: The twentieth century has allowed the Japanese to live again their middle age through the cinema, and when the Japanese wants to escape from … Continue reading

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Laughter in Leningrad

Source: Dorothea Eltenton, Laughter in Leningrad: An English Family in Russia 1933-1938 (privately printed, 1998), pp. 141-142 Text: Lil and l had planned to go and see Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times which was showing in town, and as Sasha … Continue reading

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Seats in All Parts

Source: Leslie Halliwell, Seats in All Parts (London: Granada, 1985), pp. 59-60 Text: When at last the Odeon was ready, the family in its various ways prepared for the excitement of another premiere performance. We were all there, but I … Continue reading

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