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Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 - 1925 - Exeter Studies in Film History (Hardback)
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Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 - 1925 - Exeter Studies in Film History (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 01/08/2013
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Charles Urban was a renowned figure in his time, and he has remained a name in film history chiefly for his development of Kinemacolor, the world's first successful natural colour moving picture system. He was also a pioneer in the filming of war, science, travel, actuality and news, a fervent advocate of the value of film as an educative force, and a controversial but important innovator of film propaganda in wartime.

The book uses Urban's story as a means of showing how the non-fiction film developed in the period 1897-1925, and the dilemmas that it faced within a cinema culture in which the entertainment fiction film was dominant. Urban's solutions - some successful, some less so - illustrate the groundwork that led to the development of documentary film. The book considers the roles of film as informer, educator and generator of propaganda, and the social and aesthetic function of colour in the years when cinema was still working out what it was capable of and how best to reach audiences.

Luke McKernan also curates a web resource on Charles Urban at www.charlesurban.com

Publisher: University of Exeter Press
ISBN: 9780859898829
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm


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Reviews of the hardback edition: `Luke McKernan's fascinating new book...' `Luke McKernan has written a scholarly, important book on a little-known pioneer in the early documentary movement. It deserves to be widely read.'(History Today, January 2014) 'It has taken Urban's champion the better part of a century to arrive. The wait would seem to have been worth it. . . . McKernan shows himself to be a diligent and impartial scholar. . . . [Urban's ] accomplishments and his philosophy have found an excellent channel in McKernan.' (Eric J. Iannelli, Times Literary Supplement, November 8, 2013) `This is a fine and much needed book, and deserves to have a wide readership. It tells the story of Charles Urban, an important pioneer of both non-fiction and colour films, and also has much to say about the silent cinema and documentary film in general.' `McKernan steers us through with a sure hand, writing concisely and engagingly' `Exeter have done their usual quality job, so this is built to last. Undoubtedly, the volume deserves to be on the shelves of every cinematheque and research library in the world.' (Stephen Bottomore, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 34.2, 2014)

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