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The Motion Picture Story Magazine and the Origins of Popular British Film Culture

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew ShailORCiD


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This article explores the reasons for the establishment of the first popular film magazines in 1911. It looks at the priorities underpinning the invention of their main contents – the ‘motion picture story’ – in the United States and the reasons for creating a UK version, and relates the emergence of this most vital aspect of a new, nationally uniform, popular film culture to the transformations in the British and American film industries that occurred between 1908 and 1911.

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Author(s): Shail A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Film History

Year: 2008

Volume: 20

Issue: 2

Pages: 181-197

ISSN (print): 0892-2160

ISSN (electronic): 1553-3905

Publisher: Indiana University Press


DOI: 10.2979/FIL.2008.20.2.181


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