Then he said meanwhile, what about we take in a film this evening? But that was no good to me, because you don’t go into Soho to see films, because Soho is a film, and anyway, most times I go to cinemas I walk out half way through because all I see is a sheet hanging up there, and a lot of idiots staring at it, and hidden up behind all this there’s just a boy operating the machinery with a fag hanging in his mouth even when he puts the record on of the “God Save”, and the cattle down there rise up on their corns, but not he, no! Life is the best film for sure, if you can see it as a film.

Colin MacInnes, “Absolute Beginners”.

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