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An Everyday Magic: Cinema and Cultural Memory

An Everyday Magic: Cinema and Cultural Memory
Annette Kuhn

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Exploring cinemagoing and cinema culture, this book considers the 1930s, when "going to the pictures" was everybody's favourite spare-time activity. From the familiar and magical surroundings of the picture houses themselves to the action and romance on the screen, Annette Kuhn draws on extensive interviews with picturegoers, research in cultural history and readings of popular films of the day to discover how cinema brought a special magic to the daily lives of a generation of young men and women growing up in an austere climate of making-do. From Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald to Fred and Ginger, she shows how audiences looked to their screen heroines and heroes for inspiration, and explores the importance of cinemagoing in make-believe, play, friendship and growing up. The book throws light on issues such as cinema spectatorship, childhood, adolescence, ageing and film reception, and provides a contribution to understandings of both the role of cinema in its heyday and the nature of popular memory.

Author Info

Annette Kuhn is Emeritus Professor in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her books include Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination, The Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies (with Guy Westwell), and Little Madnesses: Winnicott, Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience.


'An Everyday Magic is a lovely oral history of 1930s cinema-going... a documentary begging to be filmed.'
Time Out

'Kuhn is so honourable in her approach one eagerly awaits the sequel'
Sight & Sound

'...an important and groundbreaking book, the fruit of a decade-long ethnohistorical enquiry that attempts to revise our understanding of audienced and cinema-going.'
Journal of Contemporary History

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Cinema and Society

ISBN: 9781860648670
Publication Date: 31 May 2002
Number of Pages: 232
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 20 b&w illustrations

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