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The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon : Edwardian Britain on Film - Vanessa, Popple, Simon, Russell Toulmin

The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon

Edwardian Britain on Film

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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 Collectionp. 3
Mitchell and Kenyon: A Successful, Pioneering and 'Travelled' Partnership of Productionp. 6
Truth at 10 Frames per Second? Archiving Mitchell and Kenyonp. 12
'A real brake on progress'? Moving Image Technology in the Time of Mitchell and Kenyonp. 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 Erap. 33
Pictures of Crowd Splendor: The Mitchell and Kenyon Factory Gate Filmsp. 49
'We take them and make them': Mitchell and Kenyon and the Travelling Exhibition Showmenp. 59
New Century Pictures: Regional Enterprise in Early British Film Exhibitionp. 69
Mitchell and Kenyon in the North Eastp. 83
The Irish Films in the Mitchell and Kenyon Collectionp. 93
Mitchell and Kenyon in Walesp. 103
Mitchell and Kenyon's Legacy in Scotland - The Inspiration for a Forgotten Film-making Genrep. 113
The Films as Historical Evidence
'We had fine banners': Street Processions in the Mitchell and Kenyon Filmsp. 125
Mitchell and Kenyon: Ceremonial Processions and Folk Traditionsp. 137
'Startling, realistic, pathetic': The Mitchell and Kenyon 'Boer War' Filmsp. 150
The Seaside and the Holiday Crowdp. 158
The Football Filmsp. 169
On the Move in the Streets: Transport Films and the Mitchell and Kenyon Collectionp. 181
Tram Rides and Other Virtual Landscapesp. 191
Notes on Contributorsp. 201
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9781844570461
ISBN-10: 1844570460
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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