Detail

Title ID 8378Collection ID1187
TitleRobinsoe Crusoe
Date1902
CollectionEarly Films
Genre/TypeProfessionalFiction
ThemeEarly film in the South East
KeywordsWomen Performing Arts Theatre Fancy dress Animals
Location
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionGeorge Albert Smith
DirectorGeorge Albert Smith
CastLaura Bayley (Robinson Crusoe)
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration00:02:57:15
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

A theatrical staging of Robinson Crusoe, produced by George Albert Smith in 1902.

Description

In the first section of this pantomime, four women dance the cancan in costume. A pirate captain pursues a young woman who refuses his advances. The young woman is saved by Crusoe and shooed away by an old woman. The group perform a folk dance in pairs. The pirate returns brandishing a sword to take Crusoe away. Crusoe, Friday and a monkey are seen inside a hut. Friday puts some food on the table in preparation to cook but the monkey knocks the table over. The old woman enters with some washing and Friday dances. The monkey throws flour in the face of Friday who then chases him around the table. Crusoe opens the door to the hut and the sailors enter. The company perform another dance. Outside, the pirate captain in pushed to the floor by the old woman.

Related resources

Books

Barnouw, Erik. The Magician and the Cinema. n.p. Oxford University Press

Date: 1981 This book is concerned with the influence of magic on film.

Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 All five volumes of John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Thomas, D.B. The First Colour Motion Pictures. n.p. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

Date: 1969

McKernan, Luke. “The Brighton School and the Quest for Natural Colour” in Simon Popple and Vanessa Toulmin (eds.) Visual Delights – two: Exhibition and Reception. n.p. Eastleigh: John Libbey

Date: 2005

Gray, Frank (ed.) Hove Pioneers and the Arrival of Cinema. n.p. University of Brighton

Date: 1996 Published on the occasion of the 1995 University of Brighton exhibition concerning the work of George Albert Smith and James Williamson. Essays included are by John Barnes, Ine van Dooren, Frank Gray and Martin Sopocy.

Collections

Charles Urban Papers Collection

Location: National Media Museum, Bradford (originally donated to the Science Museum in 1937) Contains letters, programmes, press clippings, papers, court proceedings, catalogues and photograph albums.
http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/Events/BIFF/2014/C/CharlesUrbanArchiveEvent.aspx

Charles Urban Collection


http://www.charlesurban.com/sources.html

The Barnes Collection

Location: Hove Museum and Art Gallery Twins John and William Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in the 1960s. After the closure, the early part of the collection moved to Hove. The collection includes cameras, projectors and material relating to the Brighton School of film pioneers.
http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/2015/02/26/the-barnes-brothers-collection/

Films

Location: BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London Holds many films made by George Albert Smith between 1897 and 1905.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

NFTVA copies kept on file SASE 950000.

Journal Articles

Bottomore, Stephen. “Smith versus Melbourne Cooper: An End to the Dispute.” Film History 14.1 57-73

Date: 2002 This paper explores the debate between those who claim a number of films were directed by George Albert Smith or Arthur Melbourne-Cooper. These films include Grandma’s Reading Glass, As Seen Through a Telescope and The Sick Kitten.

Gray, Frank. “Smith the Showman: The Early Years of George Albert Smith.” Film History 10.1: 8-20

Date: 1998

Gray, Frank. “Smith versus Melbourne Cooper: History and Counter-History.” Film History 11.3: 246-261

Date: 1999 A response to claims of alternative authorship concerning George Albert Smith’s films.

Smith. George Albert. “Animated Photographs in Natural Colours.” Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

Date: 11 December 1908

McKernan, Luke. “‘The Modern Elixir of Life:’ Kinemacolor, royalty and the Delhi Durbar.” Film History vol. 21 no. 2

Date: 2009 This paper explores the role of early colour film in the dissemination of royal events.

Websites

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema online

"A guide to over 300 leading figures in Victorian cinema, defined as filmmaking in its broadest sense from the first glimmerings in the 1870s to the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.
http://www.victorian-cinema.net/

Charles Urban, Motion Picture Pioneer

Useful website providing detailed and extensive biographical and technical information, film synopses, images and links to early cinema sites.
http://www.charlesurban.com/

BFI Screenonline

Website providing biographical overview and film synopses.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/514893/

National Media Museum

PDF providing biographical overview and further reading.
http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/Events/BIFF/2014/C/CharlesUrbanArchiveEvent.aspx