By Su Holmes
This ebook specializes in the rising historic kin among British tv and movie tradition within the Fifties. Drawing upon archival examine, it does this by way of exploring the advance of the early cinema programme on tv - largely present free up (BBC, 1952-3), photograph Parade (BBC, 1956) and movie Fanfare (ABC, 1956-7) - and argues that it used to be those texts which performed the valuable position within the constructing kin among the media. quite by way of Britain, the early co-existence of tv and cinema has been noticeable as adversarial and opposed, yet in situating those programmes in the contexts in their institutional creation, aesthetic building and reception, the booklet goals to ‘reconstruct’ television’s insurance of the cinema as an important to the cloth of British movie and tv tradition on the time. It demonstrates how the jobs of cinema and tv - as media industries and cultural kinds, yet crucially as websites of display leisure - successfully got here jointly at the moment in this type of approach that's precise to this decade.
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As Cock elaborated: ‘We should very much like to count upon the co-operation of your company in what will... 12 In using terms such as ‘floating in’ and ‘flashes’, Cock struggles to find the vocabulary to describe what is an unfamiliar terrain. However, even if he was uncertain as to how to conceptualise the programme he had in mind, he was clearly thinking along visual lines. The proposal was entitled ‘Special Television Film “Trailers”’. From this time on, the term ‘trailer’ always appeared in inverted commas which served to distance its commercial connotations.
The Daily Express concluded that ‘The level of TV’s approach to the cinema can by no tolerant stretch... reach that of similar arts shows on radio’, and cited such programmes as examples of ‘intelligent and acute criticism’. To take an example from later in the decade, film academic Colin McArthur attacked the televised cinema programme in his film column in the Tribune. 2 Given that the cinema was still more of a mass medium in the 1950s we might expect critics then to have different expectations of television’s coverage of film, but this was not necessarily the case.
74). Current Release emerged from these early stages in television’s post-war development, a time when its expansion was just beginning to gain ground. Television was given its own department in 1950, although it still only broadcast for a limited number of hours each day. qrk 25/2/05 10:55 am Page 47 restricted, as was the general audience for television. 164), which amounts to approximately one set in every eight homes. 33). 245). 23 Current Release emerged at a time when television was just beginning to expand but (unlike Picture Parade and Film Fanfare later in the decade), it was not necessarily accessible to a mass audience.
British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s: Coming to a TV Near You by Su Holmes