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The Kinetoscope : a British History

Author: Richard Brown, (Film historian); Charles Musser; Michael Harvey, (Cinematography curator); Barry Anthony
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, Bloomington [Indiana] : Distributed worldwide by Indiana University Press New Barnet [England] : John Libbey Publishing Ltd, 2017. [2017]
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The position of the kinetoscope in film history is central and undisputed; indicative of its importance is the detailed attention American scholars have given to examining its history. However, the Kinetoscope's development in Britain has not been well documented and much current information about it is incomplete and out of date. The purpose of the book is, for the first time, to present a comprehensive account of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Brown, (Film historian); Charles Musser; Michael Harvey, (Cinematography curator); Barry Anthony
ISBN: 9780861969319 0861969316
OCLC Number: 1005225000
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xi, 236 pages)) : illustrations
Contents: Foreword / by Charles Musser --
1. The kinetoscope : an international perspective --
2. The arrival of the kinetoscope in Britain and early developments --
3. Cameras and conflict --
4. The legal and intellectual property context --
5. Marketing the kinetoscope in Britain --
6. Commercial decline and new beginnings --
7. Edison's latest --
8. The first British films --
9. A premiere at the Nag's Head --
10. Magic, magnates and galvanic forces --
11. Birt Acres and the Kaiser's kinetoscope --
12. Transatlantic filming --
13. Making an exhibition --
14. The machine as evidence : the survival or otherwise of the British kinetoscopes / by Michael Harvey --
Appendix 1. Kinetoscope exhibitions in the UK, 1894-1895 --
Appendix 2. Paul/Acres and Acres films of 1895 --
Appendix 3. 'Outcasts of London' and the first portrayal of movie-making on stage --
Appendix 4. British Dealers in kinetoscopes --
Appendix 5. The kinetoscope legal action.
Responsibility: Richard Brown and Barry Anthony ; with an additional chapter by Michael Harvey ; foreword by Charles Musser.

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The position of the kinetoscope in film history is central and undisputed; indicative of its importance is the detailed attention American scholars have given to examining its history. However, the Kinetoscope's development in Britain has not been well documented and much current information about it is incomplete and out of date. The purpose of the book is, for the first time, to present a comprehensive account of the unauthorized and often colorful development of British kinetoscopes, utilizing many previously unpublished sources. The commercial and technical backgrounds of the kinetoscope are looked at in detail; the style and content of the earliest British films analyzed; and the device's place in the wider world of Victorian popular entertainment examined. A unique legal case is revealed and a number of previously unrecorded film pioneers are identified and discussed.

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