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A History of Early Film V2
An Established Industry (1907-14)

Edited By

Stephen Herbert

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ISBN 9781032512747
June 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
448 Pages

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Book Description

Volume 2 of A History of Early Film examines filmmaking and presentation during the latter part of the early cinema period. Technology did not stand still during these years and despite problems with editing, synchronization and amplification, many auditoria were fitted with sound-film equipment during the early cinema periods. Much of the discussion in the trade magazines revolved around economic and commercial subjects, including expenses incurred in complying with new laws, and the damage caused by irresponsible promoters. Among the material included is a complete reprint of the 1913 edition of Colin Bennett's The Handbook of Kinematography. Technical production is covered with a section on micro-kinematography, tele-kinematography and general natural history filming. Film exhibition is also discussed and a final chapter covers coyright and censorship.

Table of Contents

1. 'Our First Kinematograph Show.' Sylvanus, Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, No. 8 1907. 2. 'Notes on Current Topics', W. H. B. Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, No. 11, 1907 3. 'Cinema Notes' Amateru Photographer, 30 December 1912 4. 'Singing Pictures at the Hippoderome' Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly 5 September 1907 5. 'The Cinematophone' (advertisement), Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, 19 September 1907 6. 'The Triumph of Colour', The Bioscope, 26 October 1911 7 'Arrival of the Cinematography Bill' (cartoon), The Bioscope, 6 May 1909 8. 'Market Movements' (cartoon, The Bioscope, 20 May 1909 9. 'A Lady Kinematograph Operator' Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, 17 October 1907 10. 'Grand Opening of the School for Lady Operators' The Bioscope, 24 June 1909 11. 'Fatal Accident at a Picture Show' Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, 16 January 1908 12. 'The Press and the Barnsley Accident' Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly 16 January 1908 13. 'The Faults of Non-Inflammable Film' The Bioscope, 21 October 1909 14. 'Standardisation' Arthur S. Newman, The Bioscope, 16 September 1909 15. 'Mr. M. A. Pyke's Latest' The Bioscope, 13 January 1910 16. 'Bioscope Theatres in Vienna' The Bioscope, 14 January 1909 17. 'Foreign News - France' The Bioscope, 21 January 1909 18. 'Foreign News - America: Australia etc,' The Bioscope 13 January 1910 19. 'The Progress of Cinematography in Japan' S. Kurimoto, The Bioscope, 26 October 1911 20. 'Cinematography in Italy' The Bioscope, 26 October 1911 21. 'The French Cinematography Trade' The Bioscope, 26 October 1911 22. 'Cinematography in India', The Bioscope, 16 November 1911 23. A Visit to a German Picture Theatre' J. Ojijatekha Brant-Sero, The Bioscope 23 November 1911 24. 'Some Rhodesian Theatres' The Bioscope, 14 December 1911 25. 'Living Pictures and Advertisements' The Bioscope, 4 February 1909 26. 'Explaining the Pictures' The Bioscope, 25 February 1909 27. 'Telling the Tale' T. W. Kingston, The Bioscope, 18 March 1909 28. 'Music in Picture Theatres' (letter), The Bioscope, 9 November 1911 29. 'The Bioscope Parliament: The Picture Pianist' (letters), The Bioscope, 30 November 1911 30. 'The Music of the Picture Theatre', Souffleur, The Bioscope, 14 December 1911 31. 'How Moving Pictures Help Actresses' (from the Bristol Times), The Bioscope, 6 January 1910 32. 'Phantom Players' The Royal Magazine, May 1912 33. 'The One-Eyed Machine', Margaret Chute, The Royal Magazine, May 1912 34. The Handbook of Kinematography, Colin Bennett, Kinematograph Weekly, 1913.

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Stephen Herbert trained as a media technician, and spent many years in film exhibition and production. His interest in the origins of the moving image led to Stephen co-editing the influential book and website Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema, and contributions to academic journals. He ran the small press The Projection Box, and has recently retired as a freelance museum consultant.


'This is an utterly engaging and valuable collection of early British film documents. Highly recommended for comprehensive film-history collections serving upper-divison undergraduates, researchers, faculty, and general readers.' - Choice