'A Distinct Advance in Society': Early Cinema's 'Proletarian Public Sphere' and Isolated Spectatorship in the UK, 1911-18

Shail, Andrew
November 2006
Journal of British Cinema & Television;2006, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p209
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the efforts to eliminate working class audiences in film theaters in Great Britain. Working class audiences have considered new picture theaters as social venues and a location for a form of public participation. A way of reducing the dominance of working class audiences was the production of the feature film. It suggests that the continuing working class dominance in the country is an evidence that the cinema was a proletarian public sphere.


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