By Jane Stokes
This energetic textual content compares assorted media--film and television--in assorted countries--Britain and the US--in an try and chart the altering courting among them and their relative prestige within the cultural sphere. Integrating ancient with textual research in a fruitful and wide-ranging demeanour, it focuses fairly at the which means of tv by means of exploring the medium's development and illustration within the rival cultural know-how of movie. The advent takes the reader from the discovery of tv to the current day, then the advanced dating among tv and movie is explored intimately.
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Extra info for On Screen Rivals: Cinema and Television in the United States and Britain
Books and magazines purporting to explain television to 'every man' and to the 'amateur' tIourished during the 1920s and 30s (see, for example, Dinsdale, 1928; Larner, 1928; Moseley and Barton Chapple, 1930; Moseley and McKa予 1936). In all of this writing, television is greeted as a wonderful scientific development. The positivis七 and posi位ve， spirit of the early twen世eth centuηF towards new teclmology is encapsulated in Ronald Til位nan's Television 101' tlze Home , published in 1927: Part II: Introduction 57 It is a wonderful age that we live 函， for scientific achieve- ments have crowded upon us in the past years at an ever扭creasin只 rate...
Although the film remains neutral regarding the likelih∞d ofJimmy' s 叫ce叫is landlady is clearly sceptical: 'C扭5 himself an inventor! ' she says as she 58 011 Screel1 Rivals prepares to evict him for non-payment of ren t. Jimmy relies on Sally to p叮sue traditionally masculine goa1s on his behalf; it is she who 1ands the job that w迎 eam the coup1e the money they need to escape poverty. 官le pub且c image of the inventor in the 1920s, especially one wor姐ng on such a modern invention as te1evision, is sufficient to iden位句TJ垣rmy as the Romantic Hero.
Television in the Musical 63 The eli討st 加lage of te1evision in the pre-war period was 扭扭都 forced by the fact that te1evision sets remained well beyond the budget of most working c1 ass peop1e. Furthermore, signa1s could on1y be received within approx垣late1y forty miles of the Alexandra P a1ace transmitter in North London reinforcing the popular conception that the BBC was exc1usive1y concerned with the metropolitan South. Band Waggon (Marce1 Varne1, 1939) was made for Gainsborough/Gaumont-British with the permission of the BBC.