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Long Live Film! Temporalities of Film Exhibition in Brno in the 1930s and 1940s

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Year of publication 2013
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This paper has its background in quite surprising observation of frequent long-term exhibition of Czech feature film production in Brno cinemas in the 1930s and 1950s (average 5 years). It takes a closer look into this problematic and on its basis rethink a few questions crucial for exhibition, and moviegoing studies, in particular the importance of film premiere, and the nature of re-run and its reasons. In my explanation I take into consideration technological, as well as cultural-political changes and trends, film import politics and regulation of Czech cinemas from above, as well as film's popularity to outline a thesis of the significance of "event screening". In the conclusion, I argue, that the exhibition logics as well as audience preferences gave us the opportunity to specify the "topicality" of film in Brno cinema programs as not exclusively connected to film premiere, but also to other, symbolic or ritual conditions.
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