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Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema$
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Ian Christie

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226105628

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226610115.001.0001

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“Daddy Paul”

“Daddy Paul”

The Cultural Economy of Cinema in Britain

(p.189) Chapter 9 “Daddy Paul”
Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema

Ian Christie

University of Chicago Press

As the film business developed to become a substantial industry, Paul remained a leading and respected figure, helping to create a manufacturers’ association that would protect members’ interests and aim to raise standards of production and presentation. He took an early interest in the issue of defining film copyright, and was central to consultation about how to respond to Pathé unilaterally lowering its prices in 1903. By 1908 British producers faced sustained challenge from Pathé, now a multinational company, and from Edison, seeking to form a cartel that would exclude them from the North American market. Tension between producers and exhibitors probably contributed to Paul’s decision to leave the film business in 1909, after attending two Paris conferences which failed to produce overall agreement on terms of business.

Keywords:   business, producers, copyright, market, Pathé, Edison, Exhibitors, Paris

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