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Kenneth Slessor and the Sound Cinema: The “Chief Film Critic whose Reviews are Accepted as the Most Reliable in Australia”

[1] Introduction Australian film critics have not been well represented either by Australian film studies, or by Australian letters, the two branches of scholarship we might expect to attend to them. While a number of film critics are featured in that compendium of notable Australians, The Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), [2] in many entries film criticism is mentioned sparingly, sublimated …

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Kenneth Slessor, Selected Film Reviews, 1933-36

It is daunting to provide a sample of film reviews to represent Slessor’s approach to cinema. Every omission seems like a travesty. So we have tried here to be indicative not exhaustive. Slessor’s reviews form an extensive archive of response to the cinema exhibited in Australia during the 1930s. It will be the job of a book-length anthology of his …

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