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Is it possible to compare cinema programming strategies between East Germany and Argentina? Could you trace the patterns of circulation of the movie “Gone with the Wind” (US, 1939) across diverse geographical regions of the world? And how differently do audiences of Greek open air cinemas remember that experience in comparison to spectators gathering in Swedish public houses or Italian parish venues?

Cinema Histories offers the opportunity to compare datasets across different research projects in order to investigate exhibition, programming and audience practices across the world. It encourages new models of collaborative research to overcome the complexity of integrating and harmonizing datasets, and to develop new research in cinema studies and cultural history.

This platform has been developed by Oxford Brookes University, De Montfort University (Leicester), Ghent University in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffield.