'The comfort lies in all the things you can do': the Australian drive-in: cinema of distraction
Goldsmith, Ben (1999) 'The comfort lies in all the things you can do': the Australian drive-in: cinema of distraction. Journal of Popular Culture, 33(1), 153-164.
Contrary to the claims of some film historians, the drive-in was not a uniquely American invention. Australian drive-in cinemas were, at least in the 1950s and 1960s, distinguishable from their American counterparts by virtue of the profusion of additional amusements (or distractions) they offered alongside film-viewing. This article traces the history of Australian drive-ins as ‘entertainment centres’ and ‘high temples of modernity’. It argues that the drive-in can usefully be understood as a mid-point between the domestic and public spheres, and a powerful symbol of post-WWII Australia, signifying prosperity, gathering consumer confidence and, in metropolitan areas, marking the path of urban development through its concentration in new, outer suburban areas.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||American culture, Cinema attendance, Drive-in, Films|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
|Deposited On:||16 May 2012 00:24|
|Last Modified:||26 Sep 2012 22:19|
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