The pleasure principle

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From Elizabeth Bowen's 1937 essay "Why I Go to the Cinema," in Red Velvet Seat: Women's Writing on the First Fifty Yeas of Cinema: "I hope I never go the cinema in an entirely unpropitious mood. If I do, and am not amused, that is my fault, also my loss. As a rule, I go empty but hopeful, like someone bringing a mug to a tap that may not turn on. The approach tunes me up for pleasure."


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