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Windows on the World: Memories of European Cinema in 1960s Britain

Stokes, M; Jones, M; (2017) Windows on the World: Memories of European Cinema in 1960s Britain. Memory Studies , 10 (1) pp. 78-90. 10.1177/1750698016670794. Green open access

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Abstract

During the 1960s, European cinema became increasingly available to British audiences. The expansion of university film societies and art-house 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. This article, based on a presentation by myself and Dr Matthew Jones, then RA on the 'Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s' project, at a HOMER conference in Milan, will be submitted (by invitation) for a special issue of the journal 'Memory Studies' to be edited by Annette Kuhn

Type: Article
Title: Windows on the World: Memories of European Cinema in 1960s Britain
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1750698016670794
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1750698016670794
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016. Reprints and permissions: SAGE Publications
Keywords: 1960s, Britain, cinema memory, cinemagoing, ethnohistorical research, European cinema
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1451808
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