A Paul Rotha Reader (Exeter Studies in Film History)

A Paul Rotha Reader (Exeter Studies in Film History)

By: Robert Kruger (editor), Duncan Petrie (editor)Hardback

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Paul Rotha was one of the major figures of the British Documentary Movement, second only to John Grierson. He was also a prolific writer, beginning with his celebrated book The Film Till Now, published in 1930. This volume brings together an edited collection of some of his most important writings and addresses a variety of topics including the theoretical basis of cinema, the emergence of an intellectual film culture in Britain, the state of the British film industry and his own experience of directing and producing films. A Paul Rotha Reader marks a major reappraisal of Rotha's significance as a theorist, critic and advocate for cinema as the most important form of mass communication in the modern world. It will be essential reading for anyone seriously interested in British cinema history.

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Duncan Petrie is Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. He was Director of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture. His books include Creativity and Constraint in the British Film Industry (Macmillan, 1991), New Questions of British Cinema (BFI, 1992), The British Cinematographer (BFI, 1996). Robert Kruger has worked as an editor, director and producer, mainly within the British documentary movement, and set up the TSW Film and Video Archive, now largest regional archive in the country. He started his working life with Paul Rotha's 'Films of Fact' company and edited Rotha's final two films.


Acknowledgements, vii; Preface, ix; CONTEXTS; The Early Years-Robert Kruger, 3; Paul Rotha and the Documentary Film-Robert Kruger, 16; Paul Rotha and Film Theory-Duncan Petrie, 45; ROTHA'S WRITING; I The Art of the Film: Theory and Criticism-The Editors, 87; The Development of the Film as a Means of Expression (1930), 91; Production-Off the Studio Floor (1929), 110; Rhythm-and its Creation (1929), 113; The Magnificence of Fairbanks (1930), 117; City Lights (1931), 120; Earth (1931), 132; Pabst (1967), 144; Some Principles of Documentary (1935), 148; Films of Fact and Fiction (1938), 161; Neo-realism: Bicycle Thieves (1950), 169; Umberto D (1955), 173. II Cinema and Britain: Culture and Industry-The Editors, 179; The 'Unusual' Film Movement (1940), 183; Repertory Film Movement (1931), 187; A Museum for the Cinema (1930), 191; The British Film (1930), 195; Korda; 1933 Interview, 203; 1956 Interview, 204; The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), 205; The Government and the Film Industry (1945), 208; A Plan for British Films (1949), 221; The Problem of the Short Film (1966), 226; III Film Practice-The Editors, 233; The Technique of the Art-Director (1928), 235; The Art-Director and the Film Script (1930), 239; Making Contact 1932-33 (1973), 244; Presenting the World to the World (1956), 273; Select Filmography, 277; Select Bibliography, 283; Index, 287.

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  • publication date: 01/12/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780859896269
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780859896269
  • weight: 636
  • ISBN10: 0859896269

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