Monthly Archives: September 2013

Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

Source: Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006), p. 71 Text: Thursday, February 10th, 1972 Assembled for an all-Python writing meeting at Terry’s at 10.00. John sends word that he is ill. Extraordinarily sceptical response. … Continue reading

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My Life and My Films

Source: Jean Renoir, My Life and My Films (London: Collins, 1974) [translated by Norman Denny], pp. 16-18 Text: My first experience of the cinema was in 1897. I was a little over two. My mother had decided to buy a … Continue reading

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Babylon at Brixton

Source: James Agate, extract from ‘Babylon at Brixton’, in Around Cinemas (London: Home & Van Thal, 1946), pp. 52-53 [originally published in The Tatler, 25 September 1929] Text: … For the Brixtonian, Brixton is clearly the hub of the universe. … Continue reading

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The Movies Take to the Pastures

Source: John Durrant, extract from ‘The Movies Take to the Pastures’, Saturday Evening Post, 14 October 1950. pp. 25, 85, 89 Text: For the fifth year in a row now movie attendance has been going down, down, down like Alice’s … Continue reading

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Marie Lloyd

Source: T.S. Eliot, extract from ‘Marie Lloyd’, in Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot (London: Faber & Faber, 1975), pp. 173-174 [originally published as ‘London Letter’ in The Dial, December 1922, pp. 659-663] Text: The lower classes still exist; but perhaps … Continue reading

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’Twixt Aldgate Pump and Poplar

Source: H.M. [Harold Murray], ’Twixt Aldgate Pump and Poplar: The Story of Fifty Years’ Adventure in East London (London: The Epworth Press, 1935), pp. 102-110 Text: It is an unforgettable experience to enter the Stepney Hall when in the semi-darkness … Continue reading

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Bioscope & Cinematograph Shows

Source: Report from Police Sergeant George Jordan, Arbour Square station, H Division, The National Archives, MEPO 2/9172 file 590446/5, ‘Bioscope & Cinematograph Shows’, March 11th, 1909 Text: No 12 High Street, Whitechapel has been recently erected. The front has been … Continue reading

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Epikhodov

Source: Hugh Walpole, extract from ‘Epikhodov’, in Winifred Stephens (ed.), The Soul of Russia (London: Macmillan, 1916), pp. 38-39 Text: Beside my quarters in Petrograd is a tiny cinema theatre. Because we hang over the still waters of a side … 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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