The Age of the Dream Palace: Cinema and Society in 1930s Britain

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The period between the two world wars is often named ""the golden age of the cinema"" in Britain. This definitive and entertaining book on the cinema and cinema-goers of the era is herewith reissued with a new Introduction.

Jeffrey Richards, described by Philip French as ""a shrewd critic, a compulsive moviegoer, and a professional historian,"" tells the absorbing story of the cinema during the decade that produced Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers, the musicals of Jessie Matthews and Alexander Korda's epics. He examines the role of going to the pictures in people's lives during a tough period when, in the sumptuous buildings that housed local cinemas, people regularly spent a few pence to purchase ready-made dreams watching Gracie Fields, Robert Donat and the other stars of the day.  He scrutinizes the film industry, censorship, cinema's influence, the nature of the star system and its images, as well as the films themselves, including the visions of Britain, British history and society that they created and represented.

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Jeffrey Richards is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Lancaster. His fine books on Cinema include The Unknown 1930s and, with Anthony Aldgate, Britain Can Take It: British Cinema in the Second World War (new edition, 2007), both I.B. Tauris. He is General Editor of Tauris' ""Cinema and Society series.""

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""Jeffrey Richards is admirably equipped to look at the forces shaping the British film industry in the 1930s and to interpret sympathetically a body of films traditionally mocked for their class-bound attitudes... he is full of original insights and illuminating comparisons."" -- Philip French, Observer

""For those with an interest in British Cinema such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable book is a godsend."" -- Robert Murphy, Sight and Sound

""Jeffrey Richards’ ground-breaking  1984 study of one of the least appreciated decades of British cinema makes a welcome return in this revised paperback edition from I.B.Tauris’ ""Cinema and Society"" series. The book is still the most authoritative single work available on its subject, surveying the state of the British industry in the 1930s, exploring the studios and their productions as well as the political, social and commercial pressures placed upon them within the UK and from Hollywood in particular...The Age of the Dream Palace is required reading on British cinema. It is authoritative and engagingly written and offers an intelligent insight into a complex decade of change that understands the unique place cinema held in the national life...Revisiting this book is a timely reminder of what we’re missing"" -- Michael Williams, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

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