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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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Splashing into Film Society

Splashing into Film Society

(p.105) 9 Splashing into Film Society
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the establishment of The London Film Society. The new Society had, for its immediate object, the showing of both new and old films of unusual interest to a limited membership on Sunday afternoons during the winter seasons. It also sought to provide safe harbor for films from censorship of performances open to the public. In its first season the Society presented thirty-nine films, including twenty screened for the first time in England. The Society enjoyed its privileged position, taking advantage of it to show a wide variety of films, including the notorious L'Age d'Or (1930), by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. Association with the Film Society also brought Barry her moment in the limelight of the British social scene and a new job at the Daily Mail.

Keywords:   London Film Society, motion pictures, censorship

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