Cloth $79.50 ISBN: 9789053565704 Published February 2003 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9789053564639 Published February 2003 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Jean Desmet and the Early Dutch Film Trade

Ivo Blom

Jean Desmet and the Early Dutch Film Trade
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Ivo Blom

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

480 pages | 16 color plates, 75 halftones | © 2003
Cloth $79.50 ISBN: 9789053565704 Published February 2003 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9789053564639 Published February 2003 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Netherlands Film Museum's Desmet Collection contains the estate of Dutch cinema owner and film distributor Jean Desmet (1875-1956): almost nine hundred European and American films of all genres, a collection of publicity material, and a massive business archive. These three sources form the basis of this book, the first comprehensive reconstruction of Desmet's career. From his nomadic beginnings as a traveling showman to his successful switch to permanent cinema operation and film distribution, Blom shows how Desmet's fortunes encapsulated a series of structural changes within the new culture of the cinema.
Contents
Preface
Abbreviations, Unidentified Films and Historical Currencies
Introduction
I. La Comète Beige: Jean Desmet’s Travelling Cinema, The Imperial Bio (1907-1910)
II. In The Beginning...: Film Distribution in the Netherlands Before Desmet
III. Gold Rush: In the Throes of Cinema Mania (1909-1914)
IV. Film Market Europe: Buying Films Abroad (1910-1914)
V. White Slave Girls and German [I]Kultur:[I] Film Rental and Distribution Strategies in the Netherlands (1910-1914)
VI. Onésime et Son Collègue: Competition (1910-1914)
VII. Das Ende vom Lied: The Impact of the First World War (1914-1916)
VIII. Quo Vadis?: Desmet’s Film Rental and Cinema Operation During the Great War (1914-1916)
IX. Afterlife: A New Career and the Beginning of a Collection
X. In Retrospect: Jean Desmet’s Place in Film History
Notes
Bibliography
Photo Credits
Index of Film Titles
General Index
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