Children, Cinema and Censorship: From Dracula to Dead End

Children, Cinema and Censorship: From Dracula to Dead End

by Sarah Smith
     
 


Using original research, this book explores the recurring debates in Britain and America about children and how they use and respond to the media, focusing on a key example: the controversy surrounding children and cinema in the 1930s. It explores the attempts to control children's viewing, the theories that supported these approaches and the extent to which…  See more details below

Overview


Using original research, this book explores the recurring debates in Britain and America about children and how they use and respond to the media, focusing on a key example: the controversy surrounding children and cinema in the 1930s. It explores the attempts to control children's viewing, the theories that supported these approaches and the extent to which they were successful. The author develops her challenging proposition that children are agents in their cinema viewing, not victims; showing how these angels with dirty faces colonized the cinema. She reveals their distinct cinema culture and the ways in which they subverted or circumvented official censorship including the Hays Code and the British Board of Film Censors, to regulate their own viewing of a variety of films, including Frankenstein, King Kong and The Cat and the Canary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850438120
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
10/07/2005
Series:
Turner Classic Movies British Film Guides
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author


Sarah J. Smith is Lecturer in History and Director of Open Studies at the University of Reading.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >