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Electric Edwardians [videorecording] : the lost films of Mitchell & Kenyon /
films by Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon ; original score by In the Nursery ; produced by the British Film Institute.
imprint
[United States] : Milestone Film & Video ; [New York] : Distributed by New Yorker Video, [2006], c2005.
description
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN
1933920009, 9781933920009
format(s)
DVD
Holdings
More Details
imprint
[United States] : Milestone Film & Video ; [New York] : Distributed by New Yorker Video, [2006], c2005.
isbn
1933920009
9781933920009
standard identifier
784148010144
publisher #
MILE 00101
contents note
Youth and education. Audley Range School, Blackburn; Special march past of St. Joseph's scholars and special parade of St. Matthew's pupils, Blackburn; Morecomb Church lad's brigade at drill; University procession on degree day, Birmingham -- Anglo-Boer War. Torpedo flotilla visit to Manchester; Lord Roberts' visit to Manchester; Lieutenant Clive Wilson and the Tranby Croft party, Hull; Opening of the drill hall in Accrington by Gen. Baden-Powell; A sneaky Boer -- Workers. Messrs. Lumb and Co. leaving the works, Hudderston; Pendlebury Colliery; 20,000 employees entering Lord Armstrong's Elswick Works, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Alfred Butterworth and Sons, Glebe Mills, Hollinwood; Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham; North Sea fisheries, North Shields; Cunard vessel at Liverpool -- High days and holidays. Whitsuntide fair at Preston; Manchester Band of Hope procession; Blackpool Victoria Pier; Leeds Athletic and Cycling Club carnival; Dewsbury vs. Manningham; Sedgwick's bioscope show front -- The great local derby: Accrington v. Church cricket match; Halifax Catholic procession; Burnley vs. Manchester United; Sheffield United vs. Bury; Preston egg rolling -- People and places. Living Wigan; Tram ride into Halifax; Electric tram rides from Foster Square, Bradford; Jamaica St., Glasgow; Ride on the tramcar through Belfast; Wexford Bull Ring; Manchester street scene; Panoramic view of the Morecomb sea front.
credits note
Original score by In the Nursery.
general note
"In the earliest years of the twentieth century, enterprising traveling showmen in the north of England hired pioneer filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon to shoot footage of local people going about their everyday activities. These films would be shown later at nearby fairgrounds, town halls and neighborhood theaters. Workers, school children, sports fans and seaside vacationers all flocked to see themselves miraculously captured on screen. The astonishing discovery of the original Mitchell & Kenyon negatives in Blackburn, England in a basement about to be demolished has been described as film's equivalent of Tutankhamen's tomb. ... This treasure trove of extraordinary footage provides an unparalleled record of everyday life in the years before World War I."--Container insert.
Originally produced as separate motion pictures, 1900-1913.
Special features: Optional voiceover commentary by Dr. Vanessa Toulmin, National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield; Video interview with Dr. Toulmin; "Pictures of crowd splendour" by Tom Gunning, University of Chicago; Featurette on the restoration; "Diving Lucy" and additional shorts by Mitchell and Kenyon; Electric Edwardians press kit downloadable on DVD-Rom (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
Title from container insert.
performer
Commentary by Vanessa Toulmin; selections from the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection.
abstract
Includes scenes of trolley cars and crowded streets, soccer matches, temperance parades, throngs of workers leaving the factory, and a myriad of simple pleasures from northern England.
catalogue key
8927519
technical details
DVD, full frame.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-09-15:
This video collects and preserves the "lost" short films of Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon, enterprising English film pioneers who captured some astonishing scenes of life in Edwardian England from 1900 to 1913. Intended as "local films for local people," these "throwaways" were never meant to be saved, but in a stroke of good fortune the beautifully preserved negatives were discovered in the basement of a building soon to be demolished in Blackburn, England. Most of the films were made to be shown at local fairgrounds or town halls, where people would flock in the hopes of glimpsing themselves on the big screen. By World War I, the popularity of these films declined as viewers demanded escapism and storytelling. Presented without narration and with a sometimes inappropriate musical score, these films offer an invaluable visual resource for the costumes, people, and places of the era. They also offer social insights to the perceptive viewer. Made at the birth of movies and before they were considered an art form, this collection is strongly recommended for British libraries, but it is an optional purchase in the United States. The disc includes a brief commentary on the filmmakers, their films, and the story of the recent discovery and restoration. Stephen Rees, Levittown Lib., PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Library Journal, September 2006
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Summaries
Main Description
At the turn of the 20th century, filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon were commissioned by touring showmen to shoot a series of "local films for local people." The result was a series of shorts filmed between 1900 and 1913 that painted a vivid picture of Edwardian England by capturing people from all walks of life at work and at play in their natural environments. Subsequently locked away for decades and assumed lost to the ravages of time, Mitchell and Kenyon's films were discovered in the basement of a photographer's shop in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, in 1994. Six years later, more than 800 of Mitchell and Kenyon's film reels were donated to the British Film Institute, and preservation measures began almost immediately. Taken from 28 hours of footage, the 30 short films included in Electric Edwardians are split into four segments entitled: "Youth and Education," "Workers," "High Days and Holidays," and "People and Places." A specially commissioned score by Sheffield-based musical duo In the Nursery accompanies the films. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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