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Martin Pawley: life on the big screen

What a summer this is for the public realm! Just two weeks ago, English football fans were being frog-marched through the streets of Marseilles after a battle with rival fans triggered by a big-screen presentation of a World Cup match in a public park. Then in London, a week later, the strains of Beethoven wafted over into the Strand from a civil service car park in Somerset House that had been taken over by thousands of English opera fans for a big-screen presentation of Fidelio.

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