Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema

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University of Chicago Press, 9 déc. 2019 - 304 pages
The early years of film were dominated by competition between inventors in America and France, especially Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers . But while these have generally been considered the foremost pioneers of film, they were not the only crucial figures in its inception. Telling the story of the white-hot years of filmmaking in the 1890s, Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema seeks to restore Robert Paul, Britain’s most important early innovator in film, to his rightful place.

From improving upon Edison’s Kinetoscope to cocreating the first movie camera in Britain to building England’s first film studio and launching the country’s motion-picture industry, Paul played a key part in the history of cinema worldwide. It’s not only Paul’s story, however, that historian Ian Christie tells here. Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema also details the race among inventors to develop lucrative technologies and the jumbled culture of patent-snatching, showmanship, and music halls that prevailed in the last decade of the nineteenth century. Both an in-depth biography and a magnificent look at early cinema and fin-de-siècle Britain, Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema is a first-rate cultural history of a fascinating era of global invention, and the revelation of one of its undervalued contributors.
 

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Table des matières

Prelude
1
Getting into the Picture Business
7
Flashback An Engineers Education
35
Adding Interest to Wonder The First Year in Film
63
Time Travel Film the Past and Posterity
83
True Till Death Family Business
105
Home and Away Networks of Nonfiction
119
Distant Wars South Africa and Beyond
145
My Original Business Pauls Technical and Scientific Work
201
Paul and Early Film History
217
Epilogue
247
A Novel Form of Exhibition or Entertainment Means for Presenting the Same Pauls Time Machine Patent Application 1895
261
Flotation advertisement 1897
265
Robert Paul Productions 18951909
271
Notes
289
Index
331

Telling Tales StudioBased Production
167
Daddy Paul The Cultural Economy of Cinema in Britain
189

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Ian Christie is Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include The Art of Film: John Box and Production Design and Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-maker.

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