Tag Archives: Demographics

Focussing the Universe

Source: Montagu A. Pyke, Focussing the Universe: A Defence of the Cinematograph (London: Waterlow Bros. & Layton, 1910) Text: What would we not now give for reliable representations, veritable re-productions of epoch-marking events in the history of our own country, … Continue reading

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The Photoplay

Source: Hugo Münsterberg, The Photoplay: A Psychological Study (New York/London: D. Appleton and Company, 1916), pp. 215-220 Text: Enthusiasts claim that in the United States ten million people daily are attending picture houses. Sceptics believe that “only” two or three … 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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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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Words

Source: Jean-Paul Sartre, Words [Le Mots] (London: Penguin, 2000 – orig. pub. 1964), translated by Irene Clephane, pp. 75-79 Text: I challenge my contemporaries to tell me the date of their first experience of the cinema. We entered blindly into … Continue reading

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The Picture-Palaces of London

Illustration accompanying the original article Source: ‘The Picture-Palaces of London’, The Daily Chronicle, 9 April 1910 Text: The Picture-Palaces of London. Have They Comes to Stay? Pricked out in electric lights, on an imposing brand new structure of white stucco, … Continue reading

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Cinématographe Lumière

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_and_Louis_Lumière Comment: Poster advertising the Cinématographe Lumière. The film being shown is L’Arroseur Arrosé (1895). The poster dates from 1896, when the Cinématographe became known to the general public. The Cinématographe was the invention of the French brothers Auguste … Continue reading

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Middletown

Source: Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture (Orlando: Harcourt, Crace & Co., 1929), pp. 263-269 Text: Like the automobile, the motion picture is more to Middletown than simply a new way of … Continue reading

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