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Film criticism in Cape Town 1928-1930: An explorative investigation into the Cape Times and Die Burger

Eckardt, Michael (2005)

CITATION: Echardt, M. 2005. Film Criticism in Cape Town 1928-1930. Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA. doi:10.18820/9781919980744.

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This study is the revised version of my thesis, submitted at the University of Stellenbosch to obtain the degree Master of Philosophy of Journalism. The decision to publish this thesis stems from various recommendations because of the significant lack of fundamental studies concerning early South African film history. Conducted as an attempt to provide contextual background for a more comprehensive study on the reception of German films in South Africa in the years 1928 – 1933, the study aims to provide further research with the necessary basic data and a general statement on the use value of film reviews in newspapers. The only way to avoid the danger of using the few secondary sources over and over again was the return to the original film reviews published in the daily newspapers Die Burger and the Cape Times in the period under discussion. The result is a list of film titles which is supposed to give an unabridged overview of the films screened in Cape Town 1928 to 1930.1 Due to the functionalist character of this survey, the given conclusions remain rather descriptive, sometimes speculative, and point out the necessity for more probing studies. In the present case, this study presents itself as an invitation to others to use the collected material as one possible point of departure for further investigations.

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