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If I Don't Write It, Nobody Will

Source: Eric Sykes, If I Don’t Write It, Nobody Will (London: Fourth Estate, 2005), pp. 78-80 Text: If the world was not exactly our oyster, it was most definitely our winkle. Our main Saturday night attraction was the Gaumont cinema … Continue reading

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Il Cinematografo

Source: Louis Couperus, ‘Il Cinematografo’, Het Vaderland, 22 April 1911, pp. 1-2, English translation by Ivo Blom in ‘North and South: two early texts about cinema-going by Louis Couperus’, Film History vol. 20, issue 2 (2008), pp. 127-132 Text: The … Continue reading

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The Sense of Touch

Source: ‘Ole Luke-Oie’ [Ernest Dunlop Swinton], extract from ‘The Sense of Touch’, The Strand Magazine, December 1912, pp. 620-631. Illustrations by John Cameron. Text: ‘Pon my word, I really don’t know what made me go into the place. I’ve never … 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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Babycham Night

Source: Philip Norman, Babycham Night (London: Macmillan, 2003), pp. 98-100 Text: Mine was a universe completely without culture as it was defined in the early fifties. No one ever took me to an art gallery or classical music concert; the … Continue reading

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The Secret City

Source: Hugh Walpole, The Secret City (London: Macmillan, 1919), pp. 61-64 Text: We had arrived. The cinema door blazed with light, and around it was gathered a group of soldiers and women and children, peering in at a soldiers’ band, … Continue reading

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The Secret City

Source: Hugh Walpole, The Secret City (London: Macmillan, 1919), pp. 61-64 Text: We had arrived. The cinema door blazed with light, and around it was gathered a group of soldiers and women and children, peering in at a soldiers’ band, … Continue reading

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Words

Source: Jean-Paul Sartre, Words [Le Mots] (London: Penguin, 2000 – orig. pub. 1964), translated by Irene Clephane, pp. 75-79 Text: I challenge my contemporaries to tell me the date of their first experience of the cinema. We entered blindly into … Continue reading

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London Particulars

Source: C.H. Rolph, London Particulars (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980), pp. 104-107 Text: It was in the company of Mr Herbert and his Sunday School following that I made my second visit to a cinema. (The first had been in … Continue reading

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An Autobiography

Source: Hymie Fagan, An Autobiography, n.d. [typescript] (Brunel University Library, 2-261), pp. 18-20, 41-42 Text: The Picture Palaces, as cinemas were then known, or the Bioscopes, were becoming very popular. I vaguely remember once going with my father to one … Continue reading

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