20 March 2013

Trial e-Resource - Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema

© Bill Douglas Centre
Univ of Exeter
We currently have free trial access to Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema, until 20 April 2013. 

This database will appeal to everyone interested in the history and study of leisure and entertainment, film and popular media.  

It explores the pivotal era in Victorian and Edwardian entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time.  It covers many topics, including:
  • early optical entertainment such as magic lantern shows, peepshows, optical illusions, metamorphic images, image projection, toys and techniques, etc
  • a virtual exhibition of Optical Delights  
  • panoramas and dioramas, with programmes, souvenirs, toy panoramas and protean views
  • early photography
  • early motion pictures, the emerging film industry and early film stars
  • video clips of original footage between 1894-1926, from the BFI National Archive
Source material comes from the Bill Douglas Centre; a unique treasure trove of pre- and early-cinematic memorabilia based at Exeter University, and the BFI National Archive.

Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema forms part of the Victorian Popular Culture portal which facilitates comparative research on the rich variety of popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe, between 1779-1930.

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