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  • Directors: Robert W. Paul
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0QSPI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,802 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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RW PAUL
The Collected Films 1895 - 1908

Robert W Paul is justly celebrated as the leading pioneer of British film and one of the founders of world cinema. Paul produced what is arguably the first British narrative film A Soldier's Courtship (1896, now lost), and in 1898 became the first person to edit two scenes together in Come Along, Do!. With the help of former magician Walter Booth, he created elaborate fantasies in the mould of George Méliès such as The ? Motorist (1906), in which an animated motorcar drives off into space and round the rings of Saturn.

Concentrating first on actuality films resulting in his famous record of the 1896 Derby and his unique films of the Anglo-Boer war he soon branched out, pioneering almost every kind of film from documentary to fiction and fantasy.

The unique collection represented an attempt to bring together for the first time the collected output of R W Paul and his studio. The 62 films collected here many preserved by the BFI National Archive have been gathered with the help of archives and collectors around the world. These rare films are presented here with a brand new musical accompaniment by celebrated pianist Stephen Horne.

DVD extras

  • Audio commentary by distinguished scholar Professor Ian Christie (With optional hard-of-hearing subtitles)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with a sleevenote essay and introduction to each of the films

UK | 1895 - 1908 | black & white | silent with music | 147 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By T Everson on 19 Aug. 2010
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R.W. Paul was one of the early pioneers of cinema, and certainly Britain's biggest sole contributor to modern film. Many of his short films pioneered such techniques as cutting to different scenes, and super-imposing films. So as a historical piece, this DVD is extremely important, gathering together as it does all of Paul's existing films. On here you'll see how his subjects changed from simply recording events happening around him, such as footage of horse-drawn carriages crossing Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, or the launching of H.M.S. Albion (the ship's plunge into the water creates a wave which destroys a jetty and washes 200 spectators into the river). Films like these are fascinating as they provide a glimpse into a world which nobody alive today can remember. However, more entertaining are Paul's films which have a story to tell, the most famous of which is 1906's 'The '?' Motorist'. This film bought Paul considerable fame as a filmmaker, with Paul drawing upon his knowledge of how to manipulate film to show a motorcar apparently drive up a building and into space, passing around planets as it does so. A shot from this film is also used on the cover of this BFI DVD. There is also the first-ever filmed version of Dicken's Christmas Carol, titled here as 'Scrooge, or Marley's Ghost'. Released for Christmas 1901, this was an ambitous film with Paul using title-cards and screen wipes illustrate the story. There are a total of 62 short films on this DVD, and though some are merely curiosities (see 'An Exciting Pillow Fight'!), they are all interesting in their own way.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob L on 12 Jan. 2012
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I'm a big fan of early cinema, especially British, so this DVD was a must for me, and it doesn't dissapoint. RW Paul made some truly amazing films - not just the factual ones, but the fantasy ones - 'A lively quarter day' and 'The ? Motorist' are my particular favourites and I can't still figure out how some of them were made. A great collection of early films
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Henry Turner on 5 Dec. 2006
Another excellent and invaluable early shorts compilation from the BFI. Highlights on the disc include the macabre An Over-Incubated Baby and other great trick films such as The Magic Sword and The Haunted Curiosity Shop. I'd recommend this DVD to anyone intested in early cinema. However, collectors will be disappointed by the very badly designed sleeve - a real shame given that this label has previously produced some of the best designed discs around.
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