Cinema plays an important role in the life of any society. Cinema has become a part of the modern way of life. Cinema is an excellent vehicle of culture. Its possibilities are unlimited. In the earliest years of cinema its power to show the contemporary events was recognized and appreciated. More than anything else this unique quality secured popularity for the film as a new form of instruction and entertainment. That’s why cinema is considered to be one of the best ways of spending one’s leisure time.
There are a lot of different kinds of films: thriller films, popular science films, mystery films, documentaries, theatrical films, horror films, and animated cartoons. Besides films may be color or black-and-white, full-length or short, sound or silent, dubbed in mother tongue, three-dimension or wide screen.
We can see films either in the cinema or on TV. As I have little time, I have practically no time for going to the cinema. That is why I watch films on TV more frequently. But sometimes I manage to go to the cinema. I prefer feature films and amusing comedies. I want to relax a little bit, sometimes to have a good laugh. But at the same time I am fond of true-to-life films describing the life of ordinary people, their feelings and problems. Such films move me deeply, they arose the feelings or sympathy or hatred for the heroes. As a rule such films have a deep and lasting impression upon me.
Besides, a modern cinema programme contains advertisements, which are usually shown before the film and are often worth seeing.
In England the cinema is usually called «the pictures». In America the word «the movies» is often used. Cinema-going is a favorite pastime in Britain. People go to the cinema once or twice a week. Cinema-going is more popular in industrial towns in the North of England and Scotland than in the South. However, especially if it is cold and wet outside, many people like to stay at home to watch TV.
Cinemas in England are usually large and more comfortable than the theatres. Often there is a restaurant, so that it is possible to spend an afternoon and evening there (if you have enough money, of course). Behind the cine-ma screen there is a stage, so that the building can be used for concerts and other performances.
British cinema-goers see mainly English and American films, though many of the foreign films are often shown in London and in the South of the country.
In our country cinema-going is not so popular now as it was earlier. People prefer to stay at home and to watch TV or video.
I like to watch films very much. I prefer thrillers, comedies and horror movies, but I do not like tragedies and melodramas very much, and I hate soap operas, although they are becoming very popular in our country. My favorite film is … with … starring. It is really wonderful from the beginning to the end. There are a lot of films which are worth seeing, but this one is the best one to my mind.