The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption (BFI Modern Classics)

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Examines the meanings of different sites of film exhibition and distribution (city-centre cinemas, local cinemas, art-house cinemas, multiplexes, television transmission, video rental/retail, and satellite/cable) and the meanings of the activities of film consumption associated with these sites.

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It has been a recurring complaint both within and against film studies that it has largely ignored the activities of audiences. This book aims to address this absence (as compared to television studies) and to explain its cause. The authors argue that there is a social context in which the consumption of film can be understood or studied historically; demonstrating that a concentration on the place of film consumption within the changing cultural politics of the city can offer a compelling and productive focus of analysis. This book examines not only the different meanings of different sites of film exhibition and distribution (city-centre cinemas, local cinemas, art-house cinemas, multiplexes, terrestrial television transmission, video rental and retail, and satellite/cable), but also the meanings of the activities of film consumption associated with these sites. Through use of archival materials and ethnographic studies of the audience, the book examines the meanings of film consumption from the earliest film showings up to the 21st century.

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"Offers the best review of the state of the study of cinema going I have ever read and. . .a mapping of how to think about a central problem of what it meant to live in the 20th century. . .. It examines not only the different meanings of all the different sites of film exhibition and distribution but also the authors bring a whole new context to how meanings are generated in the activity of film consumption. This is a marvelous book, wholly original, and will make a major contribution to the literature and understanding of film and television during the 20th century. Masterful!"--Douglas Gomery, author of Shared Pleasures: A History of Movie Presentation in the United States

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