The British cinema

Eras of film

Authored by: Tom Ryall

The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415537186
eBook ISBN: 9781315756202
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629474

10.4324/9781315756202.ch33

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Abstract

The British film has a lengthy history which can be traced back to the pioneer stage of the medium in the late nineteenth century when Britain, along with the United States, Germany, France and other nations, staked claims to the invention of cinema. Dividing the hundred years plus of that history into ‘eras’, segments of historical time possessing a degree of internal coherence, has been done in a range of ways utilizing a medley of criteria.

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