Film | Cinema - Part 16

posted by PP on 2006/12/18 13:34

[ Film | Cinema ]

The Cinémathèque Municipale de Luxembourg, the University of Trier as well as KINtop (Luxembourg / Trier) organize a Conference about
Travelling Cinema in Europe
(06.-08.09.2007, Luxembourg)
and published now a Call for Papers:
Before and during the emergence of permanent film venues, a variety of travelling enterprises offered film shows in different places of public entertainment all over Europe. The big 'Picture Palaces' of renowned showman families were among the main attractions of fairground amusement before the First World War. Smaller companies performed their film shows in town-halls, music-halls, hotels and cafes, or gave even benefit shows in hospitals and asylums. Film trade was a free international business from the beginning, and, thanks to the well-established European railway system, bridging wide distances and crossing borders was not a problem for travelling cinemas at all. Travelling cinemas formed an important branch of European entertainment business between 1896 and the Great War, and thus prepared the ground for the success story of cinema as the new mass medium of the century.
In contrast to its formative potential and importance before the First World War, travelling cinema still is one of the dark areas in media history. Usually, nothing more seems to be left than letters to city administrations, a few programme sheets, sometimes adverts and reports in the local press. Only recently has research on travelling cinema made an enormous step forward, in Britain, through the restoration and exploration of the Mitchell & Kenyon collection by the British Film Institute and the National Fairground Archive. It became clear that travelling cinemas played an important part in communicating the local, besides attracting audiences with fantastic films and views from abroad. Local films and other local and regional extras of the show (as lecturing in local vernacular etc.) have been crucial for box-office results.

Deadline: 1 February 2007


Prof. Dr. Martin Loiperdinger
Universität Trier
FB II - Medienwissenschaft
D-54286 Trier


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