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Classes and CulturesEngland 1918-1951$
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Ross McKibbin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206729

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206729.001.0001

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The Cinema and the English

The Cinema and the English

(p.419) XI The Cinema and the English
Classes and Cultures

Ross McKibbin

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses what films English people preferred and why; how far the cinema Americanised English culture; and how far the English actually did prefer American films. The discussion looks at the way the state tried to limit American influence and how effective it was. It considers the different genres of English films and their social and cultural significance. Throughout these years, the cinema was profoundly important in English cultural life. The way the English saw their own society and the wider world was significantly mediated by the cinema. The cinema was the most important medium of popular culture in the period, and the English went to the cinema more than any other people. Indeed, they made up one-tenth of the world market. Cinema was also a very powerful force for Americanisation, something which alarmed many of the country's elites.

Keywords:   cinema, Americanisation, English films, popular culture, United States, Britain

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