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Paris – a city of cinema

Paris is busy building new cinemas for old films. In November last year the major French film company Gaumont-Pathé opened a 5-screen cinema called Les Fauvettes in the thirteenth arrondissement. Not only is the name Les Fauvettes a throwback to the cinema’s previous existence as a Music-Hall called La Fauvette (1895 – 1930s), but the…

The Great Gatsby: a history of adaptations

The Great Gatsby seems to be everywhere at the moment. There are posters at bus stops, adverts on the television and articles in every publication I pick up. In recent weeks it has been impossible to escape the publicity. Baz Luhrmann’s new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel is one of the most…

Rethinking 1960s British Cinema-going

Spend a moment imagining a busy street in 1960s Britain. What does it look like? What does it sound like? What are people wearing? For many, the street will be full of women in miniskirts and men in flares. The colours will be vivid and the sound of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones will…