chapter  12
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Modernism and the People: the View from the Cinema Stalls

The thirties - a decade of modernism or postmodemism? From the perspective of popular culture it is best seen as a decade of premodernism. There is no denying the importance for high culture of the modernist aesthetic. But modernism and all it stood for - secularism, individualism, experimentation and innovation, 'art for art's sake', above all a rejection of the artistic rules and social conventions of the Victorian world - isolated the artist from society in a way that was unimaginable in the nineteenth century.