Monthly Archives: July 2014

Travels through Arabia and other countries in the East

Source: Carsten Niebuhr (trans. Robert Heron), Travels through Arabia and other countries in the East (Edinburgh, R. Morison and Son, 1792), pp. 144-145, abridged version of Reisebeschreibung von Arabien und anderen umliegenden Ländernorig pub. 1772/1774) Text: The magic lanthorn is … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of an Early Motion-Picture Operator

Source: Francis Doublier, ‘Reminiscences of an Early Motion-Picture Operator’ in Marhsall Deutelbaum (ed.), ‘Image’ on the Art and Evolution of Film (New York: Dover Publications, 1979), p. 23 (text of 1949 lecture originally reproduced in Image magazine, vol. 5 issue … Continue reading

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Climbing the Mango Trees

Source: Madhur Jaffrey, Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India (London: Random House, 2005), pp. 94-95 Text: We liked all movies but going to Hindi movies had added benefits. These Indian films were particularly conducive to … Continue reading

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Pictures and Films

Source: Dorothy Richardson, ‘Continuous Performance: Pictures and Films’, Close Up vol. IV no. 1, January 1929, pp. 51-57 Text: American films, sharp as steel, cold like the poles, beautiful as the tomb, passed before our dazzled eyes. The gaze of … Continue reading

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Newsreels

Source: Extract from Len England, Mass-Observation File Report 215: Newsreels (June), 19 June 1940, reproduced from http://bufvc.ac.uk/wp-content/media/2009/06/mo_report_215.pdf. Original file report held at Mass-Observation Archive, University of Sussex Text: Mention was made in the last report of the horrifying effect that … Continue reading

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The Journals of Arnold Bennett

Source: Arnold Bennett, journal entry 3 August 1927, in Newman Flower (ed.), The Journals of Arnold Bennett: 1921-1928 (London: Cassell, 1933) Text: Wednesday, August 3rd. Went to see the “Metropolis” film at the Élite theatre. Sickening sentimentality. Many good effects, … Continue reading

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Asta Nielsen

Source: Paul van Ostaijen, ‘Asta Nielsen’, in Bezette Stad (Antwerp: Sienjaal, 1921), reproduced from www.dbnl.org/tekst/osta002verz02_01/osta002verz02_01_0119.php. English translation by Fintan McDonagh, commissioned for this website. Text (Dutch original): Text (English translation): Comments: Paul van Ostaijen (1896-1928) was a Belgian poet. His … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: May Crawshaw, quoted in Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 128 Text: May Crawshaw (Mrs.), 14 Heaton Avenue (aged 40), regular cinema-goer (4 times a month), preference … 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. 57-59 Text: AGE: 19; SEX: F.; FATHER: HEAD CLERK, SOLICITORS MANAGING CLERK; OCCUPATION: STUDENT NURSE; NATIONALITY: BRITISH I have been considering answering your request for … Continue reading

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Come and See the Pictures

Source: Donald McGill, ‘Come and See the Pictures’, postcard (not sent), 1910s, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: Donald McGill (1875-1962) was a British postcard artist who became famous (and at times notorious) for his ‘saucy’ seaside postcards. Postcards in … Continue reading

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