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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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Children of the Green

Source: Doris M. Bailey, Children of the Green: A true story of childhood in Bethnal Green 1922-1937 (London: Stepney Books, 1981), pp. 75-77 Text: Besides taking me to Woolworths, she [her aunt Rose] sometimes took me to the pictures, and … Continue reading

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An Entertaining Life

Source: Harry Secombe, An Entertaining Life (London: Robson Books, 2001), pp. 37-38 Text: Another influence on me was the local cinema, which went through various transformations in my boyhood. At first it was called the Pictorium, or the ‘Pic’, and … Continue reading

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The Mexican Touch

Source: Edwa Moser, The Mexican Touch (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940), pp. 110-114 Text: If one was to patronize the movies, Monday was the day to choose, preferably Monday afternoon. Every Monday morning, the Cine Morelos was cleaned … Continue reading

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Blanche Sweet: Moving-Picture Actress

Source: Vachel Lindsay, ‘Blanche Sweet: Moving-Picture Actress (After seeing the reel called “Oil and Water”)’ in The Congo, and other poems (New York: Macmillan, 1918 – orig. pub. 1914), pp. 108-110 Text: Beauty has a throne-room In our humorous town, … Continue reading

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The little Madeleine

Source: Mrs Robert Henrey, The little Madeleine: the autobiography of a young French girl (New York: Dutton, 1953), pp. 199-200, 204-205 Text: Mme Maurer, grateful and generous, found a charming way to say thank you. Immediately after lunch on my … Continue reading

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Kiss Me Again, Stranger

Source: Daphne Du Maurier, extract from ‘Kiss Me Again, Stranger’ in Kiss Me Again Stranger: A Collection of Eight Stories Long and Short (New York: Doubleday, 1953 [orig. pub. The Apple Tree, Gollancz, 1952]), pp. 9-12 Text: I’m one for … Continue reading

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The Negro in Chicago

Source: The Negro in Chicago: A Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1922), pp. 318-320 Text: Reports of investigators indicate that the managers of movies are convinced that their main floors, at least, … Continue reading

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Little Wilson and Big God

Source: Anthony Burgess, Little Wilson and Big God (London: Heinemann, 1987), pp. 30-31 Text: At the age of six a social function was imposed upon me that had everything to do with entertainment, though not necessarily of the comic kind. … Continue reading

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