Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of the Cinema

Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of the Cinema

by Richard Maltby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0859898113

ISBN-13: 9780859898119

Pub. Date: 03/15/2008

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

Shop girls and factory hands paying a nickel to watch silent Westerns in a variety bill at the Music Hall; the "sophisticated" clientele of New York's modernist art-house cinemas; the sold-out opening weekends at shopping-mall megaplexes; FilmAid screenings of Charlie Chaplin in refugee camps in Afghanistan... the ways in which American and global audiences have

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Shop girls and factory hands paying a nickel to watch silent Westerns in a variety bill at the Music Hall; the "sophisticated" clientele of New York's modernist art-house cinemas; the sold-out opening weekends at shopping-mall megaplexes; FilmAid screenings of Charlie Chaplin in refugee camps in Afghanistan... the ways in which American and global audiences have viewed movies are as rich and varied a part of cinematic history as anything shown on the silver screen.

In pioneering essays by many of the leading experts in this rapidly-developing field of cinema history, Going to the Movies moves beyond the familiar images of nickelodeons and movie palaces to analyse the place of movie theatres in local communities, the roles of race and religion in constructing and segregating audiences, the links between film and other entertainment media, the varied forms of non-theatrical exhibition and the historical development of the globalized audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859898119
Publisher:
University of Exeter Press
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Series:
UEP - Exeter Studies in Film History
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     viii
Notes on Contributors     x
Acknowledgements     xv
Introduction   Richard Maltby   Melvyn Stokes     1
Studies of Local Cinema Exhibition
Race, Region, and Rusticity: Relocating U.S. Film History   Robert C. Allen     25
Tri-racial Theaters in Robeson County, North Carolina, 1896-1940   Christopher J. McKenna     45
The White in the Race Movie Audience   Jane M. Gaines     60
Sundays in Norfolk: Toward a Protestant Utopia Through Film Exhibition in Norfolk, Virginia, 1910-1920   Terry Lindvall     76
Patchwork Maps of Moviegoing, 1911-1913   Richard Abel     94
Next Year at the Moving Pictures: Cinema and Social Change in the Jewish Immigrant Community   Judith Thissen     113
'Four Hours of Hootin' and Hollerin": Moviegoing and Everyday Life Outside the Movie Palace   Jeffrey Klenotic     130
Cinemagoing in the United States in the mid-1930s: A Study Based on the Variety Dataset   Mark Glancy   John Sedgwick     155
Race Houses, Jim Crow Roosts, and Lily White Palaces: Desegregating the Motion Picture Theater   Thomas Doherty     196
Other Cinema: Alternatives to Theatrical Exhibition
The Reel of the Month Club: 16mmProjectors, Home Theaters and Film Libraries in the 1920s   Haidee Wasson     217
Early Art Cinema in the U.S.: Symon Gould and the Little Cinema Movement of the 1920s   Anne Morey     235
Free Talking Picture-Every Farmer is Welcome: Non-theatrical Film and Everyday Life in Rural America during the 1930s   Gregory A. Waller     248
Cinema's Shadow: Reconsidering Non-theatrical Exhibition   Barbara Klinger     273
Hollywood Movies in Broader Perspective: Audiences at Home and Abroad
Changing Images of Movie Audiences   Richard Butsch     293
'Healthy Films from America': The Emergence of a Catholic Film Mass Movement in Belgium and the Realm of Hollywood, 1928-1939   Daniel Biltereyst     307
The Child Audience and the 'Horrific' Film in 1930s Britain   Annette Kuhn     323
Hollywood in Vernacular: Translation and Cross-cultural Reception of American Films in Turkey   Ahmet Gurata     333
Cowboy Modern: African Audiences, Hollywood Films, and Visions of the West   Charles Ambler     348
'Opening Everywhere': Multiplexes and the Speed of Cinema Culture   Charles R. Acland     364
'Cinema Comes to Life at the Cornerhouse, Nottingham': 'American' Exhibition, Local Politics and Global Culture in the Construction of the Urban Entertainment Centre   Mark Jancovich     383
Notes     394
Index     462

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