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The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Julie Brown and Annette Davison


This book explores the sonic dimension of film exhibition in Britain, from the emergence of cinema through to the introduction of synchronized sound. With contributions from many of the acknowledged experts on British silent film, as well as specialists on film music, the chapters provide an introduction to diverse aspect of early film sound: vocal performance (from lecturing and reciting to voicing the drama), music (from the forerunners of music for visual spectacle, to the impact of legislation and the development of an aesthetic), and performance in cinemas (from dancing and singalong film ... More

Keywords: early film, silent cinema, silent films, music, film music, musical accompaniment, lecturing, speaking to films, synchronized sound, legislation, Britain

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199797615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Brown, editor
Royal Hollyway, University of London

Annette Davison, editor
University of Edinburgh

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Julie Brown, and Annette Davison

Part One Speaking to Pictures

Part Two Accompanying Pictures

Part Three Performance in Cinemas

Part Four Musicians, Companies and Institutions

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