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By Mark Cousins   March 2002

Susan Sontag once wrote an article about the death of cinephilia. But what if everyone stopped going to the cinema altogether, if even the Boulevard St Michel cin?math?ques with their Preston Sturges retrospectives sold (as they say in Scotland) hee-haw tickets? What might make people re-enter movies as if for the first time? This occurred to me last night as I contemplated my own re-entry into cinema. After six months of not seeing movies, I wondered if I had forgotten how to understand their language. Would I remember the difference between a good cut and a bad one, how to…

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