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Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema

Ian Christie


Responsibility for the invention of moving pictures has traditionally been contested, largely between American and French pioneers, with some recognition of early achievements in England. But the London-based electrical engineer Robert Paul has never received the recognition he deserves, despite figuring in many histories for his imaginative response to H. G. Wells’ Time Machine story of 1895. Although no such machine was attempted, Paul, like the Lumières in France, built upon Edison’s Kinetoscope breakthrough to become Britain’s most successful manufacturer and producer in 1896, the year tha ... More

Keywords: Robert Paul, music hall, documentary, H. G. Wells, Thomas Edison, electricity, film studio, trick film, narrative, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226105628
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226610115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Christie, author
Birkbeck, University of London