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No Wonder the Rental Disc was in Perfect Condition...
JoeytheBrit from www.moviemoviesite.com
19 November 2009
Robert Paul is a largely forgotten name today, but he was a major
pioneer of British cinema, and was quick to grasp the commercial
potential of cinema in ways that better known pioneers such as William
Friese-Greene were not. He was more of a mechanic than a filmmaker
making, with Birt Acres, his own camera on which to shoot films in
1895, and also Britain's first projector, the Animatograph, with which
to screen them in 1896. Early in the 20th century he had a custom-made
studio built in Muswell Hill.
Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee celebrations took place in June 1897,
and Robert Paul's was one of six crews to film the event, each of them
paying large sums of money to secure good positions among the estimated
crowd of 3 million onlookers from which to film. Paul released the film
as twelve separate titles, each of which were sold for 30 shillings
each about £1.50 today, but a small fortune back then. As this is a
film about the Queen, it's a shame that we don't actually get to see
The individual titles were: 'Head of Procession including Bluejackets,'
'Royal Carriages Passing Westminster,' 'Cape Mounted riflemen Passing
St. Paul's,' 'Royal Carriage Arriving at St. Paul's,' 'Royal Princes in
St. Paul's Churchyard,' 'Queen's Carriage and Indian Escort Arriving at
St. Paul's' and 'Life Guards and Princes North of St. Paul's.'
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