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The sounds of the silents in Britain

Author: Julie Brown; Annette Davison
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Early cinemas were noisy places with pianos, organs, ensembles of all varieties and sometimes full orchestras accompanied films. Britain, a key cultural player in the entertainment world both at the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Brown; Annette Davison
ISBN: 9780199797615 0199797617 9780199797547 0199797544
OCLC Number: 824360380
Description: xiv, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Sounds of the Silents in Britain ; Julie Brown and Annette Davison ; Speaking to Pictures ; 1. Professional Lecturing in Early British Film Shows ; Joe Kember ; 2. "Now, where were we?" Ideal and Actual Early Cinema Lecturing Practices in Britain, Germany and the US ; Judith Buchanan ; 3. Eric Williams: Speaking to Pictures ; Stephen Bottomore ; 4. Sounding Scottish: Sound Practices and Silent Cinema in Scotland ; Trevor Griffiths ; Accompanying pictures ; 5. "Suitable music": Accompaniment Practice in Early London Screen Exhibition from R. W. Paul to the Picture Palaces ; Ian Christie ; 6. The Art of Not Playing to Pictures in British Cinemas, 1906-1914 ; Jon Burrows ; 7. "The efforts of the wretched pianist: Learning to Play to the Pictures in Britain, 1911-1913 ; Andrew Higson ; 8. The Reception of British Exhibition Practices in The Moving Picture World, 1907-1914 ; James Buhler ; Performance in cinemas ; 9. Selsior Dancing Films, 1912-1917 ; Stephen Bottomore ; 10. Song Performance in the Early Sound Shorts of British Pathe ; Derek B. Scott ; 11. Atmospheric Film Prologues and the British Film Trade Papers, 1919-1926 ; Julie Brown, Royal Holloway ; 12. Animating the Audience: Singalong Films in Britain in the 1920s ; Malcolm Cook ; Musicians, Companies and Institutions ; 13. Workers' Rights and Performing Rights: Cinema Music and Musicians Prior to Synchronized Sound ; Annette Davison ; 14. Sound at the Film Society ; John Riley ; 15. Edmund Meisel's "visual sound" in The Crimson Circle (1929): The Case of the Vanishing Part-Talkie ; Fiona Ford ; Bibliography ; Index
Responsibility: edited by Julie Brown and Annette Davison.

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