Windows on the World: Memories of European Cinemas in 1960s Britain
During the 1960s, European cinema became increasingly available to British audiences. The expansion of university film societies and arthouse cinemas meant that domestic and US productions, which made up the vast majority of films screened in this country, were now in competition with the work of directors such as Bergman, Fellini, and Truffaut. Using responses from nearly a thousand participants in an investigation of cultural memory and British cinemagoing in the 1960s, this article explores how these encounters with European cinema are now remembered. While audiences tend to characterise these films as innovative, unusual and cerebral, they are also often thought of as obscure and baffling. This article argues that, however the films are now remembered, British cinema audiences sensed that they were having their eyes opened to new perspectives on the world through their exposure to films from other countries.
Citation : Stokes, M. and M. Jones (2017) Windows on the World: Memories of European Cinemas in 1960s Britain. Memory Studies. 10 (1), pp. 78-90
ISSN : 1750-6980
Research Group : Cinema and Television History Research Centre
Research Institute : Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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