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The Devil Finds Work

Source: James Baldwin, The Devil Finds Work (1976), included in Collected Essays (New York: The Library of America, 1998), p. 479 Text: Joan Crawford’s straight, narrow and lonely back. We are following her through the corridors of a moving train. … Continue reading

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The Nickelodeons: The Poor Man’s Elementary Course in the Drama

Source: Joseph Medill Patterson, ‘The Nickelodeons: The Poor Man’s Elementary Course in the Drama’ The Saturday Evening Post, 23 November 1907, pp. 10-11, 38. Text: Three years ago there was not a nickelodeon, or, five-cent theatre devoted to moving-picture shows, … Continue reading

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Delight

Source: J.B. Priestley, Delight (London: William Heinneman, 1949), pp. 36-38 Text: One afternoon, nearly twenty years ago, some long-forgotten business took me to Golders Green, and when I had finished and was walking towards the Tube station there came a … Continue reading

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New Chapter in Wireless History

Source: ‘A Wireless Correspondent’, ‘New Chapter in Wireless History’, Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 1 October 1929, p. 5 Text: NEW CHAPTER IN WIRELESS HISTORY. Television Demonstrated. SEEING AND HEARING AT THE SAME TIME. [By a Wireless Correspondent]. The first public broadcast … Continue reading

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A Death in the Family

Source: James Agee, A Death in the Family (London: Peter Owen, 1965 – orig. pub. 1957), pp. 11-14 Text: At supper that night, as many times before, his father said, “Well, spose we go to the picture show.” “Oh, Jay!” … Continue reading

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The Great Apple Raid

Source: Arthur Hopcraft, The Great Apple Raid & other encounters of a tin chapel tiro (London: Heinemann, 1970), pp. 39-41 Text: The Central Cinema has an off-white front, big posters in many-coloured paint and two show-cases of lusciously seductive photographs. … 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. 219 Text: 20th April, 1921. I have spent the last two days in seeing (privately) the Italian made film of Beatrice. It has … Continue reading

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Sociology of Film

Source: J.P. Mayer, Sociology of Film: Studies and Documents (London: Faber and Faber, 1946), pp. 236-237 Text: 53. Miss … You asked do films ever influence your life. Well I think that they do especially technicoloured films. I have always … Continue reading

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Wilfred Owen: Collected Letters

Source: Harold Owen and John Bell (eds.), Wilfred Owen: Collected Letters (London: Oxford University Press, 1967), p. 162 Text: Letter 158. To Susan Owen, Sunday 22 September 1912, Dunsden Vicarage On Sat. afternoon I saw Queen Bess by Sarah Bernhardt … Continue reading

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