Dr Melvyn Stokes teaches American and American cinema history at University College London, where he is Professor of Film History. His book on D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation: a history of The most controversial motion picture of all time was published by Oxford University Press (New York) in 2007. Melvyn has also published an article in the Cinema Journal on the banning of The Birth of a Nation by France in 1916 and 1923. He has written two other books: Gilda (British Film Institute Publishing, 2010) and American History through Hollywood Film: from the Revolution to the 1960s (Bloomsbury, 2013). Melvyn has co-edited five books on the history of cinema audiences and is currently running a major research project on ‘Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s’ that aims to collect people’s memories of their film-going experiences during that legendary decade.
Why are we afraid to judge?
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