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Charles Urban

Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 - 1925

Charles Urban by Luke McKernan
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Charles Urban is the first biography of this influential filmmaker and innovator. It is also a historical study of the development of the non-fiction film in Britain and America in the early years of cinema, told through the experiences of the leading pioneer of the form. Charles Urban was a renowned figure in his time, and he has remained a name in film history chiefly for his development of Kinemacolor, the world’s first successful natural colour moving picture system. He was also a pioneer in the filming of war, science, travel, actuality and news, and a controversial but important innovator of film propaganda in wartime. The book uses Urban’s story as a means of showing how the non-fiction film developed in the period 1897-1925, and the dilemmas that it faced within a cinema culture in which the entertainment fiction film was dominant.
Exeter University Press; January 2014
258 pages; ISBN 9780859899062
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Title: Charles Urban
Author: Luke McKernan