The cinema and the public: a critical analysis of the origin, constitution, and control of the British Film Institute (1934)

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by the Council, and the adoption of this course is not proposed."t The Secretary of the Empire Marketing Board wrote about the same time :— " We were not officially represented on the Commission, and it is not for us to give any official approval or disapproval of the report itself, as we were in no way connected with its preparation."{ Thus, the particular form of National Film Insti- tute which the Educational Commission had advocated and which had at first appeared to some so attractive, had already revealed four serious defects ; (i) that many of the similar Institutes in other countries referred to as models did, in fact, more harm than good ; (2) that the Institute, in the form recommended, was more likely to avoid than to face one of the problems which, to many religious and social workers and others, was of special urgency—that of film censorship ; (3) that the Institute, as planned by a group of educationalists, was, perhaps inevitably, lopsided on the educational (and particularly the class-room) side, as distinct from the moral, artistic, intellectual and purely entertainment sides ; and (4) that the limited group of educationalists concerned could not be rightly regarded as repre- senting more than a small part even of their own educational world, let alone of that far wider " educa- tional, scientific and social " world for whom they were at first thought to be speaking. t Letter dated August 18th, 1932. X Letter dated August 25th, 1932. Page 17