Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780859895644 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9780859899543 Published January 2015 For sale in North and South America only

The Beginnings of the Cinema In England, 1894-1901: Volume 1


John Barnes

John Barnes

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

312 pages | 140 illustrations | 9-7/10 x 6-7/10
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780859895644 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9780859899543 Published January 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Describing in detail one of the most inventive periods in the history of English cinema, the volumes in this celebrated series are already established as classics in their field. Each volume details the highlights of a single cinematic year, including details of production, manufacturers of equipment, dealers, and exhibitors. This is augmented by numerous carefully chosen illustrations and a comprehensive filmography of English films, fiction and nonfiction, for the year. Particular attention is also paid to the ways in which the cinema of other countries affected the English industry. Volumes 1 is edited and introduced by Richard Maltby and has a foreword by David Robinson.
Film Quarterly

“Essential reading . . . a labour of love that will intrigue any cineaste.”

Quarterly Review of Film Studies

“Film studies for years to come will be indebted to Barnes for having immeasurably enriched the literature on his subject.”

Film Quarterly

Beginnings of the Cinema in England belongs beside such founding works as Rachael Low's History of the British Film and Denis Gifford's British Film Catalogue. It is an essential work in the literature of the film.”


“This remarkable set of books should be in every university library in the country, and on the shelves of every film historian.”

Sight and Sound
“A triumphant finale to a major achievement in social as well as cinema history. . . Barnes' chronicle is meticulous and wonderfully illustrated. Cumulatively, it has shown this period was arguably British cinema's most inventive.”
Screening the Past
“The eagerly awaited publication of John Barnes' fifth volume marks the final instalment of this groundbreaking series. . . . It seemed for a while that it might never see the light of day. That it has done so, and that the other books in the series have been re-issued, is testimony not only to John's tenacity, but to the foresight of Exeter University Press. . . . The series has become the standard reference text for English cinema of this period, with its combination of technical, biographical and contextual information. . . . As well as providing reliable and comprehensive reference material for film scholars these books are eminently accessible and entertaining. They are a significant contribution to the canon of film scholarship and a fitting testimony to a lifetime's dedication to the cinema.”

Foreword by David Robinson
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition

1. The Kinetoscope
2. The Paul-Acres Camera
3. Paul's Time Machine
4. The Theatrograph
5. The Kinetic Camera and Kineopticon of Birt Acres
6. The Cinematographe-Lumiere
7. Exploitation of the Theatrograph
8. Independent Exhibitors of the Theatrograph
9. Other Inventors and Exhibitors
10. Apparatus from Abroad
11. Royal Film Performances
12. Film Production
13. Conclusion

1. British Films of 1895-1896
2. Lumiere Films Photographed in the United Kingdom 1896-1897
3. Chronology
Film Index
General Index

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