Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Increasing Congregation

Source: Dorothy Richardson, ‘Continuous Performance VI: The Increasing Congregation’, Close Up vol. I no. 6, December 1927, pp. 61-65 Text: It is the London season. Not a day must be lost nor any conspicuous event. And the cinema, having been … Continue reading

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One Day in the Life of Television

Source: Nicola Johnson, quoted in Sean Day-Lewis (ed.), One Day in the Life of Television (London: British Film Institute, 1989), p. 194 Text: I switch the television on when I want and I turn the television off when I want. … Continue reading

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Berlin Childhood around 1900

Source: Walter Benjamin (trans. Howard Eiland), Berlin Childhood around 1900 (Cambridge, Mass./London: The Belknap Press of Hardvard University Press, 2006), pp. 42-44 Text: One of the great attractions of the travel scenes found in the Imperial Panorama was that it … Continue reading

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Out of the Darkness

Source: Allan Morley, ‘Our Cinematographic Cartoons, no. 50 – Out of the Darkness’, Pictures and the Picturegoer, 13 February 1916, p. 475 Comments: Allan Morley is probably the comic artist of that name (1895-1960) who worked for DC Thomson magazines … Continue reading

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Adventures with D.W. Griffith

Source: Extracts from Karl Brown, Adventures with D.W. Griffith (London: Secker & Warburg, 1973), pp. 86-95 Text: It was a packed house, with swarms of people standing around outside, hoping for cancellations so they could get in anywhere at all, … Continue reading

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Jane Addams Condemns Race Prejudice Film

Source: ‘Jane Addams Condemns Race Prejudice Film’, New York Evening Post, 13 March 1915, p. 4 Text: Jane Addams Condemns Race Prejudice Film Calls It “Pernicious Caricature of Negro Race.” Producer Seems to have Gathered Most Vicious and Grotesque Individuals … Continue reading

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Facts about Birth of a Nation Play at the Colonial

Source: Mrs K.J. Bills, ‘Facts about Birth of a Nation Play at the Colonial’, The Chicago Defender (Big Weekend Edition), 11 September 1915, p. 3 Text: Facts about Birth of a Nation Play at the Colonial One Who Has Seen … Continue reading

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The Mexican Touch

Source: Edwa Moser, The Mexican Touch (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940), pp. 110-114 Text: If one was to patronize the movies, Monday was the day to choose, preferably Monday afternoon. Every Monday morning, the Cine Morelos was cleaned … Continue reading

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There’s a Reason

Source: H.F. Hoffman, ‘There’s a Reason’, Moving Picture World, 20 August 1910, p. 403 Comments: H.F. Hoffman was an American film lecturer, cartoonist and occasional writer for Moving Picture World. This cartoon appeared at the time when the film of … 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. 60 -61 Text: AGE: 37 SEX: F. OCCUPATION: Housewife NATIONALITY: British Films have been my hobby for years, I’m now 37. The first film I … Continue reading

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