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Title:The African bioscope - movie house culture in British colonial Africa
Author:Burns, JamesISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Afrique & histoire
Issue:5
Pages:65-80
Language:English
Geographic term:English-speaking Africa
Subjects:cinema
urban life
norms
identity
colonial period
Abstract:This article examines the history of the cinema house in British colonial Africa. Cinema houses were novel venues that had not existed in precolonial Africa. They became sites of social contestation, where patronage became a marker of social status, and new forms of urban identities were explored and re-formulated. Their popularity during the 1940s and 1950s alarmed European and African elites, who came to see the cinema houses as dens of vice and social impropriety. The popularity of cinema houses declined after the 1960s, due to economic crises and competition from new media. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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