Tag Archives: Food and drink

What’s It All About?

Source: Michael Caine, What’s It All About? (London: Century, 1992), pp. 10-11 Text: When I was a teenager used to read a lot of biographies of actors to see if I had anything common with them, because by now I … Continue reading

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When the Viewing had to Stop

Source: Peter Ackroyd, ‘When the Viewing had to Stop’, in Peter Ackroyd (ed. Thomas Wright), The Collection: Journalism, Reviews, Essays, Short Stories, Lectures (London: Chatto & Windus, 2001), pp. 140-142 [orig. pub. The Spectator, 7 March 1987] Text: There comes … Continue reading

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Village Life in Old China

Source: Cornelius Osgood, Village Life in Old China; a community study of Kao Yao, Yünnan (New York, Ronald Press, 1963), pp. 19-20 Text: A little after nine we set out for the Cosmopolitan cinema in our host’s car. The journey … Continue reading

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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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Im Kino

Source: ‘Im Kino’ series of chocolate cards, dated c.1916, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: Gartmann was, and still is, a German chocolate manufacturer, based in Hamburg. These cards were given out with chocolate from vending machines. The series depicts … Continue reading

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Dynamite in the Middle East

Source: Khalil Totah, Dynamite in the Middle-East (New York: Philosophical Library, 1955), pp. 146-147 Text: Before leaving the Syrian capital, I must relate the tale of American influence. The film of Hamlet was advertised and as I had been unable … Continue reading

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Source: Ricky Tomlinson, Ricky (London: Time Warner Books, 2003), pp. 23-24 Text: My other escape was the cinema where it cost only a couple coppers to go to a Saturday matinee at the Everton Picture Palace. As well as the … 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. 97-99 Text: AGE: 30 SEX: F OCCUPATION: CLERK NATIONALITY: BRITISH FATHER’S OCCUPATION: COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER MOTHER’S OCCUPATION: HOUSEWIFE I started film-going at the early age of … Continue reading

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Saturday Night at the Movies

Source: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, song recorded by The Drifters, 1964. Lyrics reproduced from http://www.metrolyrics.com/saturday-night-at-the-movies-lyrics-the-drifters.html Text: Well Saturday night at 8 o’clock I know where I’m gonna go I’m a gonna pick my baby … 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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