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The missing reel : the untold story of the lost inventor of moving pictures

Author: Christopher Rawlence
Publisher: New York : Atheneum : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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French inventor Louis Aime Augustin Le Prince vanished while on a train journey from Dijon to Paris in 1890; before his disappearance--he was then presumed dead--he had been on the brink of going public with his one-lens camera and projector. British filmmaker Rawlence here cites evidence left by his widow in her memoirs that Thomas Edison was linked to Le Prince's death. This absorbing, technically and legally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rawlence, Christopher.
Missing reel.
New York : Atheneum : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1990
(OCoLC)644005518
Named Person: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince; Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince; Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Rawlence
ISBN: 0689120680 9780689120688
OCLC Number: 21971520
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain in 1990 by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd."--Title page verso.
Description: x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Christopher Rawlence.

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French inventor Louis Aime Augustin Le Prince vanished while on a train journey from Dijon to Paris in 1890; before his disappearance--he was then presumed dead--he had been on the brink of going public with his one-lens camera and projector. British filmmaker Rawlence here cites evidence left by his widow in her memoirs that Thomas Edison was linked to Le Prince's death. This absorbing, technically and legally overloaded whodunit jumps back and forth between past and present, including suspenseful accounts of the author's research and interviews with Le Prince's descendants on several continents. Rawlence discusses the cut-throat politics of the infant film industry and shady U.S. Patent Office dealings, along with what he considers Edison's dubious business practices. No smoking gun is decisively uncovered, however, and readers are left to draw their own conclusions about Le Prince's fate.

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