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Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema

Ian Christie

Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema

Ian Christie

304 pages | 84 halftones, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226105635 Will Publish December 2019
Cloth $97.50 ISBN: 9780226105628 Will Publish December 2019
E-book $32.50 ISBN: 9780226610115 Will Publish December 2019
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.
 
Contents
Acknowledgments

Prelude

1     Getting into the Picture Business
2     Flashback: An Engineer’s Education
3     “Adding Interest to Wonder”: The First Year in Film
4     Time Travel: Film, the Past and Posterity
5     “True Till Death!” Family Business
6     Home and Away: Networks of Nonfiction
7     Distant Wars: South Africa and Beyond
8     Telling Tales: Studio-Based Production
9     “Daddy Paul”: The Cultural Economy of Cinema in Britain
10   “My Original Business”: Paul’s Technical and Scientific Work
12   Paul and Early Film History

Epilogue
Appendixes
A    “A Novel Form of Exhibition or Entertainment, Means for Presenting the Same”: Paul’s “Time Machine” Patent Application, 1895
B     Flotation advertisement, 1897
Robert Paul Productions 1895–1909
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Edward Dimendberg, Professor of Humanities, University of California, Irvine
Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema will likely remain the definitive monograph on a fascinating and influential early British film pioneer. Christie provides novel insights into how British cinema in its earliest years documented historical events and lucidly traces the origins of motion picture copyright wars. This is an outstanding study that is certain to be welcomed by film scholars and to transform the study and teaching of the early years of cinema."
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