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Out of Place

Source: Edward W. Said, Out of Place: A Memoir (London: Granta Books, 1999), pp. 34-34 Text: There were two main sources of stories whose boundaries I could expand: books and films. […] The second source was films, particularly those like … Continue reading

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Little Wilson and Big God

Source: Anthony Burgess, Little Wilson and Big God (London: Heinemann, 1987), p. 55 Text: Still, social mobility is built into women and may be an aspect of their biology. Madge remained refined, though ill-informed, and she dressed elegantly in 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. 68-72 Text: AGE: 19 SEX: F. OCCUPATION: CLERK NATIONALITY: BRITISH FATHER: ELECTRICAL ENGINEER MOTHER: HOUSEWIFE Since I am only nineteen this film autobiography is necessarily … Continue reading

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So Laugh a Little

Source: Molly Picon, So Laugh a Little (New York: Julian Messner, 1962), pp. 136-142 Text: If someone were to write a history of the movies from the fan’s point of view, he would have to include my grandmother. From the … Continue reading

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A Better Class of Person

Source: John Osborne, A Better Class of Person: An Autobiography, 1929-1956 (London: Faber & Faber, 1981), pp. 86-88 Text: The cinema was my church and academy. From about the age of four I went at least twice a week. In … 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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Why I Go to the Cinema

Source: Elizabeth Bowen, extracts from ‘Why I Go to the Cinema’ in Charles Davy (ed.), Footnotes to the Film (London: Lovat Dickson, 1937), pp. 205-220 Text:I go to the cinema for any number of reasons – these I ought to … 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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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 229. Text: Commercial traveller, aged 35, Leamington Spa. Once per month I go to the films. This is when my car … Continue reading

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