The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon: Edwardian Britain on FilmISBN: 1844570460;
Book DescriptionThe discovery of the Peter Worden Mitchell and Kenyon collection-a trove of 800 films-has been described as film's equivalent of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. The extraordinary "actuality footage" contained in the collection provides an unparalleled social record of everyday life in early-twentieth-century Britain, featuring street scenes, sporting events, parades, local industries, and more. This volume contains essays from leading historians covering film history, popular entertainment, the seaside, transport, sporting events, and the social and economic context of Edwardian Britain. Together they provide a vivid commentary on this unparalleled collection. As this book shows, the discovery of these actuality films has enabled a major re-evaluation of the Mitchell and Kenyon company's contribution to filmmaking in the United Kingdom. As important in their national context as Lumieres' are in France or Edison's in the U.S., these films dramatically...
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