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A Paul Rotha Reader / Edition 1

A Paul Rotha Reader / Edition 1

by Robert Kruger, Duncan Petrie


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ISBN-13: 9780859896269
Publisher: University of Exeter Press
Publication date: 12/01/1999
Series: Exeter Studies in Film History Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


The Early Years
      Robert Kruger
Paul Rotha and the Documentary Films
      Robert Kruger
Paul Rotha and Film Theory
      Duncan Petrie
Rotha’s Writing
1. The Art of the Film: Theory and Criticism
    The Development of the Film as a Means of Expression (1930)
    Production—Off the Studio Floor (1929)
    Rhythm—and its Creation (1929)
    The Magnificence of Fairbanks (1930)
    City Lights (1931)
    Earth (1931)
    Pabst (1967)
    Some Principles of Documentary (1935)
    Films of Fact and Fiction (1938)
    Neo-realism: Bicycle Thieves (1950)
    Umberto D (1955)
II. Cinema and Britain: Culture and Industry
    The ‘Unusual’  Film Movement (1940)
    Repertory Film Movement (1931)
    A Museum for Cinema (1930)
    The British Film (1930)
        1933 Interview
        1956 Interview
        The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
     The Government and the Film Industry (1945)
     A Plan for British Films (1949)
    The Problem of the Short Film (1966)
III. Film Practice
    The Technique of the Art-Director (1928)
    The Art Director and the Film Script (1930)
    Making Contact 1932–33 (1973)
    Presenting the World to the World (1956)

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