'When the movie started, we all got along': Generation y remembers movie night

Janna Jones

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Most scholars interested in movie-going have focused their attention on the early twentieth century, when going to the cinema was a common part of public life. More recently, however, sites of film consumption have become increasingly dispersed, encompassing both communal and private spaces. Examining 'movie night' - an informal, ritualised event in which contemporary families watch a film together at home or at the theatre - this article aims to broaden our understanding of the phenomenon of movie-going by recovering its present day practices. This analysis draws on the experiences of university students who recall movie nights as a set of comforting and enriching performances that had particular meanings within the complex network of their families. This essay argues that while contemporary movie-going practices are far less public than they once were, many of the fundamental elements of cinema's sociability that existed in cinema's classic era persist into the present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalMedia International Australia
Issue number139
StatePublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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