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Early cinema in Scotland

Early cinema in Scotland

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Funded by:  AHRC

Main contact:  Professor John Caughie

Subject area:
Theatre, Film & Television Studies - School of Culture and Creative Arts, College of Arts

The central aim of the project is to produce a comprehensive account of the early development of cinema in Scotland. Where were the early films shown; who by and to whom? In what ways did cinema, within thirty years, become a major cultural form? How were the expectations of cinema defined; what social, cultural and aesthetic values were ascribed to it; and how was the experience of cinema described in the press and other sources?

This will be the first major attempt to bring together systematically a range of resources and archive records on the beginnings of cinema in Scotland. It will cover production, distribution, exhibition and reception in order to understand the place of cinema in the early years of the twentieth century: the phenomenon which Francesco Casetti describes as ‘the popularization of modernity and the modernization of popularity.’