By Anthony Buckley
Tony Buckley is definitely positioned to take us backstage to monitor via his eyes the interesting progress of Australian film-making. overlaying an unlimited interval of our smooth historical past, he introduces us to the characters he has met: actors, stars, manufacturers, technicians - sharing his enjoyable tales and insights.
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Within a few years, however, one could ﬁnd one or two Cinématographes, even in smaller towns. Permanent premises required a constant inﬂux of new ﬁlms, as the audience remained the same. This resulted in the professionalization and commercialization of ﬁlm production and distribution. In the long run, it also led to a change in the length and content of ﬁlms. 12 The explosive development of ﬁlm troubled established society. 14 During the early years, then, ﬁlm transitioned from being a scientiﬁc curiosity, relatively expensive to watch, to a cheap pleasure for the masses.
This allowed some scope for exploiting the “sensational” in relation to the ﬁlm industry, its stars and their nudity, which could then be linked to the ﬁlms themselves. The lavish magazine Våra nöjen was ﬁrst published in 1925. Intended for a somewhat older, pleasure-seeking metropolitan youth, it featured stories on ﬁlm, sports, dance, music, fashion, literature, radio, theater and art. ”82 Thus, this increased body awareness—commercially mediated through ﬁlm, advertising and other mass media—greatly affected men as well.
10 Based on the source material I have examined, it becomes clear that the appearance of mass consumption during these decades resulted in open opposition between the traditional and the modern, the useful and the useless, as well as the old and the young. Consumption was regarded alternately as good and bad—and cutting through all of this like a main thread were different attitudes toward gender. This was not, however, a question of clinical distinctions. The dividing lines were more diffuse—both older and more recent inﬂuences could coexist in one and the same individual or organization.