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Robert Paul and the origins of British cinema

Author: Ian Christie
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2019
Series: Cinema and modernity
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Time Traveler, tells the story of the white-hot years of filmmaking in the 1890s and seeks nothing less than to restore Robert Paul to his rightful place in that scene. Paul improved upon the Kinetoscope (which Edison had neglected to patent in the UK). He also created the first movie camera in the UK and went on to unveil a highly effective projector called the Theatograph in 1896. Paul patented numerous devices,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Robert Paul; Robert William Paul
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Christie
ISBN: 9780226105628 0226105628 9780226105635 0226105636
OCLC Number: 1137079918
Description: 342 p. : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Getting into the picture business --
Flashback: an engineer's education --
"Adding interest to wonder": the first year in film --
Time travel: film, the past, and posterity --
"True till death!" family business --
Home and away: networks of nonfiction --
Distant wars: South Africa and beyond --
Telling tales: studio-based production --
"Daddy Paul": the cultural economy of cinema in Britain --
"My original business": Paul's technical and scientific work --
Paul and early film history --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Cinema and modernity
Responsibility: Ian Christie.

Abstract:

"Time Traveler, tells the story of the white-hot years of filmmaking in the 1890s and seeks nothing less than to restore Robert Paul to his rightful place in that scene. Paul improved upon the Kinetoscope (which Edison had neglected to patent in the UK). He also created the first movie camera in the UK and went on to unveil a highly effective projector called the Theatograph in 1896. Paul patented numerous devices, including a wireless telegraphy kit and submarine navigation devices that were instrumental in WWI. This book covers Paul's life, the race among inventors (including Edison, the Lumieres, and many more) to develop lucrative technologies, the jumbled culture of patent-snatching, tinkering, showmanship, music halls and movie palaces that then prevailed"--

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