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

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Richard Maltby, Melvyn Stokes, Robert Clyde Allen
University of Exeter Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 480 pages
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A nickelodeon screening a Charlie Chaplin silent classic, the downtown arthouse cinemas that made Antonioni and Cassavetes household names, the modern suburban megaplex and its sold-out Friday night blockbuster: how American and global audiences have viewed movies is as rich a part of cinematic history as what we've seen on the silver screen. Going to the Movies considers the implications of this social and cultural history through an analysis of the diverse historical and geographical circumstances in which audiences have viewed American cinema. Featuring a distinguished group of film scholars—including Richard Abel, Annette Kuhn, Jane Gaines, and Thomas Doherty—whose interests range broadly across time and place, this volume analyzes the role of movie theatres in local communities, the links between film and other entertainment media, non-theatrical exhibition, and trends arising from the globalization of audiences. Emphasizing moviegoing outside of the northeastern United States, as well as the complexities of race in relation to cinema attendance, Going to the Movies appeals to the global citizen of cinema—locating the moviegoing experience in its appeal to the heart and mind of the audience, whether it's located in a South African shanty town or the screening room of a Hollywood production lot.

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Richard Maltby is Professor of Screen Studies at Flinders University, South Australia. His publications include Hollywood Cinema, Dreams for Sale: Popular Culture in the Twentieth Century and 'Film Europe' and 'Film America': Cinema, Commerce and Cultural Exchange, 1925-1939, which won the Prix Jean Mitry for cinema history in 2000.



Melvyn Stokes teaches at University College London, where he organises the annual Commonwealth Fund Conference on American History. His edited books include Race and Class in the American South since 1890, The Market Revolution in America, and The State of U. S. History.



Robert C. Allen is Professor of American Studies, History, and Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture, which was awarded the Theatre Library Association's George Freedley Memorial Award. He is the co-author with Douglas Gomery of Film History: Theory and Practice, and the editor of two editions of Channels of Discourse: Television and Contemporary Criticism.


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