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The discovery of the Peter Worden Mitchell and Kenyon collection--a trove of 800 films--has been described as film's equivalent of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. The extraordinary "actuality footage" contained in the collection provides an unparalleled social record of everyday life in early-twentieth-century Britain, featuring street scenes, sporting events, parades, local industries, and more. This volume contains essays from leading historians covering film history, popular entertainment, the seaside, transport, sporting events, and the social and economic context of Edwardian Britain. Together they provide a vivid commentary on this unparalleled collection.
As this book shows, the discovery of these actuality films has enabled a major re-evaluation of the Mitchell and Kenyon company's contribution to filmmaking in the United Kingdom. As important in their national context as LumiŠres' are in France or Edison's in the U.S., these films dramatically increase our understanding of the evolution and development of film in its first decade.
|Introduction to the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection||p. 3|
|Mitchell and Kenyon: A Successful, Pioneering and 'Travelled' Partnership of Production||p. 6|
|Truth at 10 Frames per Second? Archiving Mitchell and Kenyon||p. 12|
|'A real brake on progress'? Moving Image Technology in the Time of Mitchell and Kenyon||p. 21|
|The Films in Context/The Film Text|
|From the Factory Gate to the 'Home Talent' Drama: An International Overview of Local Films in the Silent Era||p. 33|
|Pictures of Crowd Splendor: The Mitchell and Kenyon Factory Gate Films||p. 49|
|'We take them and make them': Mitchell and Kenyon and the Travelling Exhibition Showmen||p. 59|
|New Century Pictures: Regional Enterprise in Early British Film Exhibition||p. 69|
|Mitchell and Kenyon in the North East||p. 83|
|The Irish Films in the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection||p. 93|
|Mitchell and Kenyon in Wales||p. 103|
|Mitchell and Kenyon's Legacy in Scotland - The Inspiration for a Forgotten Film-making Genre||p. 113|
|The Films as Historical Evidence|
|'We had fine banners': Street Processions in the Mitchell and Kenyon Films||p. 125|
|Mitchell and Kenyon: Ceremonial Processions and Folk Traditions||p. 137|
|'Startling, realistic, pathetic': The Mitchell and Kenyon 'Boer War' Films||p. 150|
|The Seaside and the Holiday Crowd||p. 158|
|The Football Films||p. 169|
|On the Move in the Streets: Transport Films and the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection||p. 181|
|Tram Rides and Other Virtual Landscapes||p. 191|
|Notes on Contributors||p. 201|
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Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 12th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 17.2 x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1