Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859898881 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Appreciation of Film

The Postwar Film Society Movement and Film Culture in Britain

Richard Lowell MacDonald

The Appreciation of Film

Richard Lowell MacDonald

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

248 pages | 8 halftones | 6 1/5 x 9 1/4
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859898881 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This book offers the first full account of the volunteer-led film society movement in Britain and its contribution to postwar film culture. It brings to life a lost history of alternative film exhibition and challenges the general assumption that the study of film began with university courses in film studies. Showing how film societies operated and the lasting impression they made on film, Richard MacDonald also details the history of film education in Britain, along the way addressing tensions that existed within the voluntary societies between avant-garde ideals and the desire to increase membership and participation.
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1 Enthusiasm and Civic Duty: The Emergence of the Film Society Movement

2 The Postwar Transformation of the Film Society Movement

3 Popularising Film Appreciation: Roger Manvell’s Film

4 The British Film Institute, the Film Archive and Film Society Programming

5 Making the World Our Home: Affirmative Internationalism and Film Societies

6 Film Society Criticism, Middlebrow Taste and New Cinemas

7 Film Societies, Universities and the Emergence of Film Studies

Conclusion: What Was Film Appreciation?



Review Quotes
Andrew Higson, University of York
"An interesting project, based on thorough research, dealing with a topic that deserves to be better known and better documented."
Richard Maltby, Flinders University
"This book serves as a valuable companion to an emerging literature on the history of film studies, both internationally and specifically within Britain."
Hiu M. Chan | Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television
MacDonald and his thoughtful monograph, with patience and sincerity, invite us to acknowledge the appreciation of film among the ordinaries, and their important effort in shaping the film culture we enjoy today.”
Melanie Selfe | Journal of Film Preservation
“This book offers an engaging and accessible history of British film society culture. It makes a substantial and very valuable contribution to our understanding of the film society movement and the development of a British intellectual film culture. It will become an important point of reference.”
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