Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859897259 Published January 2003 For sale in North and South America only

Legitimate Cinema

Theatre Stars in Silent British Films, 1908-1918

Jon Burrows

Legitimate Cinema
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Jon Burrows

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288 pages | 30 illustrations | 9-3/5 x 6-1/5
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859897259 Published January 2003 For sale in North and South America only
This is the first new book-length study of British cinema of the 1910s to be published for over fifty years, and it focuses on the close relationship between the British film industry and the Edwardian theatre. Why were so many West End legends such as Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Ellen Terry repeatedly tempted to dabble in silent film work? Why were film producers so keen to employ them? Jon Burrows studies their screen performances and considers how successfully they made the transition from one medium to the other, and offers some controversial conclusions about the surprisingly broad social range of filmgoers to whom their films appealed.
Professor Andrew Higson

“Jon Burrows is destined to become a significant figure in Film Studies in the UK.  His research on theatre acting and silent British cinema is of the highest possible order and he is an assured and engaging writer.” –Professor Andrew Higson, University of East Anglia

Professor Lea Jacobs

“This book is well researched and makes an important intervention in the field.  It will be of interest to theater historians, film historians and cultural historians interested in British audiences and popular amusements in the early twentieth century.” –Professor Lea Jacobs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Christine Gledhill

“This study of theatre-film relationships and acting practices in the teens offers a major contribution to British film history, rigorously grounded in empirical research, compellingly argued and engagingly written . . . It will make an invaluable contribution not only to knowledge of the silent period of British filmmaking, but to the increasing interchange between film and theatre scholarship.” –Professor Christine Gledhill, Staffordshire University

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