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dc.contributor.authorCowan, Michael
dc.identifier.citationCowan , M 2015 , ' Learning to love the movies : puzzles, participation, and cinephilia in interwar European film magazines ' , Film History , vol. 27 , no. 4 , pp. 1-45 .
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dc.description.abstractMost scholars would agree that cinephilia results not simply from a spontaneous love of movies but historically has also been inseparable from processes of legitimization, audience training, and formations of taste. Yet we still know little about the deeper history of cinephilia's emergence: how audiences learned to love the movies and why. This article considers one site for thinking about this question during the “first wave” of cinephilia in the 1920s, namely the puzzle contest as it developed and proliferated in the new landscape of popular magazines in England, France, Germany, and other European countries. Culminating in a discussion of the Viennese magazine Mein Film, this article examines the media-historical and cultural contexts of photographic puzzles to show how they figured in a broader program of participatory and playful pedagogy by which readers could learn to frame film knowledge, film affect, and film experience in the context of an emerging European star system.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2015 Trustees of Indiana University. This work is made available online with permission from the publisher. This is the final published version of the work, which was originally published at
dc.subjectFilm Magazinesen
dc.subjectEarly Cinemaen
dc.subjectEuropean Cinemaen
dc.subjectPN1993 Motion Picturesen
dc.titleLearning to love the movies : puzzles, participation, and cinephilia in interwar European film magazinesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Film Studiesen
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