Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media


Narrative Modes of Cinemagoing Memories

Susanne Haake


Abstract: This article focuses on the results of my research project on cinemagoing heritage, concluding with the development of a matrix to analyse and categorise cinemagoing memories. What cinemagoing recollections come into the minds of the subjects in retrospect, and in what manner are these memories communicated? I explored the forms of how cinemagoing in the 1930s–1950s is remembered by eyewitnesses today. After seven to eight decades, the social habit of going to the cinema still occupies an important place in the collective memory of elderly people, particularly in rural communities. As my method of survey I chose the narrative video; I then plotted these memories on a map to categorise them.


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