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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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Let’s Go to the Pictures

Let’s Go to the Pictures

(p.131) 11 Let’s Go to the Pictures
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes Iris Barry's book Let's Go to the Pictures (1926). The book brings together observations and theoretical concerns present in more fragmentary form in her Spectator articles. Writing the book provided an opportunity to summarize what she had learned about film at the time. Although the book ostensibly attempts to differentiate film from the more established arts and lend respectability to the appreciation of film, it succeeds most thoroughly as a report on the nature and rewards of filmgoing. In its comments on national film movements, directors, actors, and the mechanics of film distribution, the text astutely chronicles the achievements of filmmakers; but most affectingly captures the allure of film-as-experienced, telling us a great deal about why viewers are drawn to pictures in motion.

Keywords:   film critics, books, films, motion pictures, Let's Go to the Pictures

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