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Diaries and Letters 1945-62

Source: Harold Nicolson (ed. Nigel Nicolson), Diaries and Letters 1945-62 (London: Collins, 1968), pp. 291-292 Text: 14th December 1955 C.1 Albany, W.1 I went with Baba, the Douglas Fairbankses and the Walter Moncktons to the first night of Olivier’s Richard … Continue reading

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Journal 1929

Source: Arnold Bennett, Journal 1929 (London: Cassell, 1930), pp. 123-126 Text: London, September. I went by invitation to the “world-premiere” of an English-written and English-directed talking film, in which Gloria Swanson was the star. The film was apparently made in … Continue reading

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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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Silent Magic

Source: Ivan Butler, Silent Magic: Rediscovering the Silent Film Era (London: Columbus Books, 1987), pp. 27-31 Text: During the early part of the 1920s my own cinema-going was restricted by the confinements of boarding-school during term time, and in the … Continue reading

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The Private Diaries of Sir Henry Rider Haggard

Source: D.S. Higgins (ed.), The Private Diaries of Sir Henry Rider Haggard 1914-1925 (London: Cassell, 1980), p. 261 Text: 27th July, 1923 This morning I went to Pathé’s to see the cinematograph film which their representative made of me here … Continue reading

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Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

Source: Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864), pp. 180-181 Text: One day Herschel, sitting with me after dinner, amusing himself by spinning a pear upon the table, suddenly asked … Continue reading

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Television Starts – Where Will It End?

Source: Anon., ‘Television Starts – Where Will It End? “Era” Special’, The Era, 4 November 1936, p. 1 Text: Television for domestic purposes is like a home movie with sound. In a typical Baird receiver the images are thrown on … Continue reading

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