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    "Offensive and Riotous Behaviour"? Performing the Role of an Audience in Irish Cinema of the mid-1910s

    Condon, Denis (2014) "Offensive and Riotous Behaviour"? Performing the Role of an Audience in Irish Cinema of the mid-1910s. In: Performing New Media, 1890-1915. John Libbey Publishing. ISBN 978-0861967148

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    In September 1915, Frederick Arthur Sparling, proprietor of the Bohemian Picture Theatre, Dublin, prosecuted William Larkin on a charge of offensive and riotous behaviour for protesting in the auditorium during a screening of A Modern Magdalen (US: Life Photo Film, 1915). The protest was part of an ongoing campaign by the Catholic church-based vigilance committees – led by the Dublin Vigilance Committee (DVC) – against certain kinds of imported popular culture, initially targeting newspapers, magazines and books and moving on by 1915 to theatrical shows and films. Larkin played a leading role in the confrontational elements of the campaign, gaining notoriety among theatre and cinema owners as he successfully drew press attention to the DVC’s activities.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Film Studies; Audience and Reception Studies; Early Cinema; Irish History; Audience in Irish Cinema; 1910;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 7618
    Depositing User: Denis Condon
    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 17:41
    Publisher: John Libbey Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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