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The Sounds of the Silents in Britain$
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Julie Brown and Annette Davison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.001.0001

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The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Julie Brown

Annette Davison

Oxford University Press

The Introduction outlines the rationale for the book: the relative dearth of studies of the sonic environment of British cinemas in the period before the development of synchronized sound. It highlights the key factors that affected the production of this particular cultural, economic, institutional environment, and its difference from that of the United States, for example. It offers a brief summary of each of the collection’s chapters, and present a useful introduction to the resources available to the researcher at this time.

Keywords:   early film exhibition, sound and film, film music, English cinema, Scottish cinema, London Project, Cinematograph Act

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