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Films of an Educational Character
A great effort is being made at present by the leagues of social hygiene to promote the use of films for general publicity purposes, an excellent method, which is not sufficiently applied in France. Motion pictures have had a great influence in developing a taste for adventure among juveniles. Many young bandits learned their first lessons in banditry in the "movies," as they themselves have frequently admitted when brought before the judges. We ought, therefore, to use the film, which is sometimes the teacher of evil, for the teaching of the good. The League of Social Hygiene has prepared several instructive films to be used for the dissemination of ideas on public health, which it offers gratuitously, or at very low prices, to the motion picture theaters. The league hopes to secure the passage of legislation which will require the presentation of one of these
PARIS. JAMA. 1926;87(12):953-955. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680120063024