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Joe Kember


Joe Kember is an Associate Professor in Film at the University of Exeter. He is the co-author of Early Cinema 1895-1914: From Factory Gate to Film Factory (Wallflower, 2004) with Simon Popple and author of Marketing Modernity: Victorian Popular Shows and Early Cinema (UEP, 2009).

He writes extensively for journals relating to early cinema, including The Velvet Light Trap, Film Studies, Early Popular Visual Culture and Living Pictures and is a Series Editor for Exeter Studies in Film History.

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Marketing Modernity


In this study of early film exhibition, Joe Kember demonstrates that prior to the emergence of a specific discipline of screen acting and the arrival of picture personalities, the early cinema inherited its human dimensions from diverse earlier traditions of performance, from the magic lantern lecture to the fairground and variety theatre.





Hardback    £75.00
9780859898010 | Published: 2009
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PDF    £75.00
9780859899321 | Published: 2015
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