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  1. Pulpits, Coal Pits and Fleapits : a Social History of the Cinema in Wales, 1918-1951

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    UrheberMiskell, Peter
    Verleger University College of Wales <Aberystwyth>
    Umfang 246 pp.
    Schlagworte KMWFunktion; Mediengeschichte <Fach>; Film; Dissertation; Kino; Sozialgeschichte; Publikumsforschung; Institution <Soziologie>
    Schlagworte FWFilmtheater; Sozialgeschichte
    Beschreibung "This thesis is a social history of the cinema in Wales. It examines the position of the cinema, as an institution, in Welsh society in the period when film-going was at its peak. It argues that from the 1920s to the 1950s the cinema performed a broader social function that went beyond the mere screening of films, and that this function was far more heterogeneous than previous historians have suggested. The first section of the thesis examines the structure of the cinema industry in Wales, and the nature of the buildings themselves. The severity of the inter-war depression meant that major cinema companies were seldom interested in investing in Wales, and very few modern 'super cinemas' were actually built there. The vast majority of picture houses were small, relatively old and locally owned. It was to these 'fleapits', not the 'dream palaces' of popular repute that the majority of cinema audiences flocked each week. The second section explores the reasons behind the appeal of cinema-going, and also examines the nature of the entertainment that audiences went to see. The central argument here is that it was not just the main feature film that attracted people to the cinema. The cinema provided an opportunity to escape, for a few hours, from the realities of everyday life. Whole programmes of entertainment were therefore consumed as a matter of routine, irrespective of the individual pictures being shown. The final section deals with the responses to this form of mass entertainment in Wales. Opinions expressed by film critics, journalists, councillors and clergymen in Wales were similar to those heard in other parts of Britain. The campaign to prevent Sunday opening of cinemas, however, was a national, Welsh, issue. The intensity with which this issue was debated revealed the extent to which cinema had become an important social institution in Wales." [Information des Anbieters]
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturIntroduction: Pulpits, Coal Pits and Fleapits; Cinema in Wales as a Social-Economic Institution; Cinema in Wales as a Social-Cultural Institution; Responses to the Cinema in Welsh Society; Conclusion; Bibliography
    Themen KMWMassenkommunikation / Massenmedien>>Kommunikations- und Mediengeschichte>>Filmgeschichte>>
    Themen FWFilm>>Biographie, Filmgeschichte
    RVK KMWAP 14000; AP 19307
    RVK FWAP 44930; AP 46700
    DDC KMWFilm
    DDC FWHistorische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung
    geographischer BezugEuropa, Westeuropa>>England und Wales>>
    zeitlicher Bezug20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1900 - 1919>>; 20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1920 - 1929>>; 20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1930 - 1939>>; 20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1940 - 1949>>; 20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1950 - 1959>>
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