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Yale’s Chronicles of America

picked up on the second of these reasons, saying that the films constituted a ‘powerful instrument for the stimulation of patriotism and good citizenship among native [born] Americans and foreign born citizens alike’. 10 The perceived threat posed by the latter, the thousands of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe who had entered the country since the 1880s, shaped the

in Memory and popular film

-ended and never completed task. 59 In this vein, although Dienstag is concerned that perfectionism stretches friendship beyond the possible, this does not mean that using friendship as an analogy for citizenship is a bad idea, for although it may be something we can never fully live up to, it does express the depth of the relationship that Cavellian perfectionism asks of democratic

in Cinema, democracy and perfectionism
Letter to M. Cavell about cinema (a remake)

composer and patron of the theater. He had recently reconverted to Calvinism, however, and reclaimed his Genevan citizenship. Determined to oppose Voltaire’s suggestion that theater represented cultural and political progress, he wrote a public letter to his editor and friend. It was published in 1758 as Lettre à M. d’Alembert sur les spectacles ( Letter to M

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spectators. I do not expect you would agree with that at all, but I think a stronger defense against such a position is constructed when we acknowledge a general danger of passivity in the cinematic situation, rather than celebrating cinematic edification and implausibly claiming it as a source of activism. So many of the laws governing our practices of citizenship (in areas like voting

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An allegory of imperial rapport

Mother Country. While their sacrifice was behind the push to make Britain abolish colonial status for its Dominions, 15 imperial belonging coloured Australian politics for the whole of the interwar period. Torn between conservative imperial loyalty and growing nationalism, Australia was scarred by the events of the war and some began to doubt the wisdom of a citizenship so directly linked to Britain. 16

in The British monarchy on screen
Screening Victoria

investigating the current ‘crisis of politics’ to start asking why that is. NOTES 1 See, for example, Hazel Blears, ‘Reinvigorating communities: the role of active citizenship in building a better neighbourhood’, Lecture, 25 November 2008 , Smith Institute, London, p. 6

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The Queen in Australia

greater stamina of his race. 76 This fleeting connection occurred in the face of their mutual subjection. At this time both were subject to protectionist racial modes of legislation that mandated the forms of development to be attained in order to achieve citizenship: in TPNG policies for social, economic and political development aimed to prepare and equip subject peoples for their future place in the world; in the

in The British monarchy on screen

programmes for Sixty Glorious Years were emblazoned with gold-leaf covers and heraldic crests. Despite his role in all this patriotic pageantry, almost a decade would pass before Walbrook took British citizenship, swearing allegiance to King George VI, the great-grandson of Prince Albert, on 7 January 1947. And although he received great acclaim for his performances in The Red

in The British monarchy on screen