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Sociology of Film

Source: J.P. Mayer, Sociology of Film: Studies and Documents (London: Faber and Faber, 1946), pp. 136-138 Text: Another possibility of getting at the children’s film taste is by listing their answers to question 23 of our questionnaire. They are as … Continue reading

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The Land of Haunted Castles

Source: Robert J. Casey, The Land of Haunted Castles (New York: The Century Co., 1921), pp. 239-255 Text: They don’t go to the opera. Luxemburg has no opera. They go to the cinema! Luxemburg is by history and environment a … Continue reading

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The Desirable Alien

Source: Violet Hunt (with a preface and two additional chapters by Ford Madox Hueffer), The Desirable Alien at Home in Germany (London: Chatto and Windus, 1913), pp. 281-287 Text: I had never seen a cinematograph show until I came to … Continue reading

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Just William

Source: Richmal Crompton, extract from Just William (London: George Newnes, 1922), pp. 13-17 Text: It all began with William’s aunt, who was in a good temper that morning, and gave him a shilling for posting a letter for her and … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: Mrs E. Skellen, quoted in Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 121 Text: Mrs E. Skellen, 5 Roseberry St (aged 27), regular cinema-goer (5-6 times a month), … Continue reading

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Kinomatograph in Paris

Source: Max Brod, extracts from ‘Kinomatograph in Paris’, Der Merker vol. 3 no. 1 (February 1912): pp. 95-98, reproduced in part in Hanns Zischler, Kafka Goes to the Movies (Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2003), pp. 47-51, translation by Susan … 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. 117-118 Text: 7. Y.L. I go to the films about once every fortnight, and I only go to it if it is worth while. I … 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. 182-184 Text: NO. 15A AGE: 18 SEX: F. PARENTS’ OCCUPATION: FATHER – SOLDIER, MOTHER – HOUSEWIFE OCCUPATION: G.P.O. EMPLOYEE NATIONALITY: BRITISH When I go to … Continue reading

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The Cinema

Source: The Cinema: Its Present Position and Future Possibilities (London: Williams and Norgate, 1917), pp. 276-282 Text: April 21, 1917. MINUTES OF EVIDENCE. Dr. Kimmins. Examined. DR. KIMMINS: I think the simplest way would be for me to elaborate the … Continue reading

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The Nickel Madness

Source: Barton W. Currie, ‘The Nickel Madness,’ Harper’s Weekly, 24 August 24 1907, pp. 1246-1247. Text: The Nickel Madness The Amazing Spread of a New Kind of Amusement Enterprise Which is Making Fortunes for its Projectors The very fact that … Continue reading

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