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The Age of the Dream Palace: Cinema and Society in 1930s Britain

The Age of the Dream Palace: Cinema and Society in 1930s Britain
Jeffrey Richards

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The period between the two world wars is often named 'the golden age of the cinema' in Britain. This definitive and entertaining book on the cinema and cinema-goers of the era is herewith reissued with a new Introduction. Jeffrey Richards, described by Philip French as 'a shrewd critic, a compulsive moviegoer, and a professional historian', tells the absorbing story of the cinema during the decade that produced Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers, the musicals of Jessie Matthews and Alexander Korda's epics. He examines the role of going to the pictures in people's lives during a tough period when, in the sumptuous buildings that housed local cinemas, people regularly spent a few pence to purchase ready-made dreams watching Gracie Fields, Robert Donat and the other stars of the day. He scrutinizes the film industry, censorship, cinema's influence, the nature of the star system and its images, as well as the films themselves, including the visions of Britain, British history and society that they created and represented.

Author Info

Jeffrey Richards is Professor of Cultural History, University of Lancaster. His fine books on Cinema include 'The Unknown 1930s' and, with Anthony Aldgate, 'Britain Can Take It: British Cinema in the Second World War'. Tauris. He is General Editor of Tauris' 'Cinema and Society series'.


'Jeffrey Richards is admirably equipped to look at the forces shaping the British film industry in the 1930s and to interpret sympathetically a body of films traditionally mocked for their class-bound attitudes... he is full of original insights and illuminating comparisons.'
Philip French, 'Observer';'

For those with an interest in British Cinema such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable book is a godsend.'
Robert Murphy, 'Sight and Sound'

Bibliographic Info

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

ISBN: 9781848851221
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2009
Number of Pages: 392
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 32 b/w illustrations

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