Tag Archives: Educational films

These are the British

Source: Drew Middleton, These are the British (New York: Knopf, 1957), pp. 244-245 Text: Television is the greatest new influence on the British masses since the education acts of the last century produced a proletariat capable of reading the popular … Continue reading

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The Social Function of the Cinema

Source: P. Morton Shand, extract from ‘The Social Function of the Cinema’, in Modern Theatres and Cinemas [The Architecture of Pleasure series] (London. B.T. Batsford, 1930), pp. 9-10 Text: The soured and aged declare that the spread of the picture-going … Continue reading

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This Spoon-Fed Generation?

Source: Dorothy Richardson, ‘Continuous Performance: This Spoon-fed Generation?’, Close Up vol. VIII no. 4, December 1931, pp. 304-308 Text: When, not so very long ago, Everyman’s earth was motionless and solid beneath his feet, his immediate concerns were apt to … Continue reading

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All Pals Together

Source: Anonymous contribution to Terry Staples, All Pals Together: The Story of Children’s Cinema (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997), p. 25 Text: When I was at senior school in Kingston in the twenties we were drafted in to the Elite … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: Harold Walker, quoted in Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 83 Text: Harold Walker, 11 Regent St (aged 20), regular cinema-goer (10 times a month), preference – … Continue reading

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