The Story of Victorian Film (Paperback)

The Story of Victorian Film By Bryony Dixon, Mark Duguid (Editor), Patrick Russell (Editor) Cover Image

The Story of Victorian Film (Paperback)



In this vivid and accessible new account of the dawn of film in Britain, internationally respected film historian and curator Bryony Dixon introduces us to Britain's first cinematic pioneers - an eclectic mix of chemists, engineers, photography enthusiasts, fairground showmen and magicians - who in a few short years built a vibrant new industry. As she chronicles the emergence of the first embryonic film forms and genres, she reveals often surprising innovations, from cutting-edge science to ingeniously witty tricks and comedies, with filmmakers reflecting existing entertainment forms as well as advancing editing and cinematography in ways that shaped the art of film for many decades after.

Dixon offers fresh insights by focusing on the films themselves - many of them only recently available to view - while building on the work of generations of scholars. In the process, Dixon makes a compelling case for the British filmmakers of the era as inventive and creative figures, every bit as influential as their more celebrated contemporaries in France and the US.
Bryony Dixon is curator of silent film at the BFI National Archive. She is the author of 100 Silent Films (BFI Screen Guides, 2011) and has written numerous articles and book chapters on silent cinema and archiving. She is co-director of the British Silent Film Festival and has programmed films for many international festivals. She has been lead curator on a number of the BFI's recent film restorations, including Underground (1928), Shooting Stars (1927), Epic of Everest (1924), The Great White Silence (1924), all nine surviving Hitchcock silent films and the BFI's large format Victorian films.
Product Details ISBN: 9781911239611
ISBN-10: 1911239619
Publisher: British Film Institute
Publication Date: September 7th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English