Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780859895644 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9780859899543 Will Publish November 2014

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 Will Publish November 2014
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.” –Film Quarterly

Quarterly Review of Film Studies

“Film studies for years to come will be indebted to him for having immeasurably enriched the literature on his subject.” –Quarterly Review of Film Studies

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.” –Film Quarterly


“...this remarkable set of books should be in every university library in the country, and on the shelves of every film historian.” –Viewfinder, No. 32, February 1998

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” –Sight and Sound, Vol. 8, Issue 2, February 1998
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.”
–Screening the Past, May 2000
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