Story: Arts reviewing

Gordon Mirams with Summer madness, 1956 (1st of 3)

 Gordon Mirams with Summer madness, 1956

Gordon Mirams contemplates Summer madness at the Film Censor's Office in 1956. In the 1950s Mirams was the film censor, but for many years he had been New Zealand's only serious film critic. Mirams reviewed film for the Christchurch Sun and the Radio Record in the 1920s and 1930s. His film column in the New Zealand Listener, Speaking Candidly, was a regular feature from 1939 to 1947. Mirams reviewed films during a classic era of cinema, treating them as a serious art form when most people regarded them simply as entertainment.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1956/0783-F

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Peter Clayworth, 'Arts reviewing - Struggle with modernity, 1900 to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Apr 2020