A selection of titles currently in stock can be found in the pre-cinema
section of our cinema
Key Pre-Cinema Titles
CERAM, C.W. Archaeology of the Cinema. Thames
& Hudson 1965. Still the definitive work on the precursors of
cinema and its earliest years.
COOK, O. Movement
in Two Dimentions. Hutchinson 1963. The standard work on pre-cinema
G. Eadweard Muybridge. The Father of the Motion Picture. Secker
and Warburg 1975. The first full scale biography to examine 'this
unusual and complicated personality'.
Eadweard Muybridge. The man who invented the moving picture. Weidenfeld
and Nicolson 1972. Presents a full selection of Muybridge's work
including his documentary photographs from Alaska, the Yosemite
valley, Central America and the Modoc war.
E. Vol 1 The Human Figure in Motion. Vol 2 Animals in Motion. Dover
1955. Reprints a good selection of his experimental work.
Key Early Cinema Titles
BARNES, J. The Rise of the Cinema in Great Britain Vol 2 Jubilee
Year 1897. Bishopsgate 1983. Examines the careers of pioneers
Robert W Paul and Brit Acres
and other pioneers in detail.
J. Pioneers of British Film Vol 3 1898: The Rise of the Photoplay.
Bishopsgate 1983. Traces the birth of British film drama in the
face of international competition.
COE, B. The
History of Movie Photography. Eastview 1981 From pre-cinema optical
toys to widescreen and Imax.
LOW, R. &
MANVELL, R. The History of the British Film 1896-1906. Allen and
Unwin 1946. Includes correspondance with many of the early film
pioneers then still alive.