Paralleling the Thursday morning Revisiting the Thirties module, the Thursday Afternoon Film Group has assembled a programme dealing specifically with 1930s cinema.

In 1930, synchronised sound replaced the silent cinema in the US and Europe, opening up vast new possibilities. The cinema began to reflect on historical events – World War 1 for example, and the Great Depression. Sound enabled the invention of the musical genre, and the sophistication of the screwball comedy. Attention to the social and emotional situation of women increased.

Cinema began to be recognised as an international art form via film festivals and awards, and was deeply changed by European filmmakers fleeing the increasing terror in Europe, bringing their skills and influence to the US. Film began to interact directly with contemporary and classical literature, drawing on novels as the basis for films. Animation and experimental cinema grew rapidly, providing the opportunity for imaginary worlds.

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