When the cinematograph first made its appearance, we were told that the days of the ordinary theatre were numbered.
After the war, in which I served as a pilot in the Air Force, I took up films.
There is an atmosphere about the picture theatre that speaks of entertainment and relaxation. The charming surroundings, good music, and the fact that each visitor is determined to enjoy a few hours of holiday all exert an influence on the mind.
I began my career with infantile dreams of becoming a composer.
Behind the footlights there is always the applause, which stimulates the actors. On the screen it is a different matter.
It has been argued that British girls are incapable of deep feeling or brilliant acting owing to their lack of temperament. This, I am positive, is not true.
We were asked to believe that the variety and the novelty of even the crude films of the early days would provide a means of entertainment which would cut out the stage.
The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness, the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors.
The cinema is an institution nowadays, with its roots sunk deep in the hearts of the millions of people who find enjoyment and entertainment in going to the pictures.
The average person is gregarious; there is something in the spirit of the crowd that adds to the enjoyment of entertainment.
Last Update: 14 May 2021
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