Foreword 1. Production 2. Exhibition 3. Equipment 4. French and American Subsidiaries Appendices 1. British Films of 1899 2. Amendments and Additions to Volume 3 Notes Film Index General Index
John Barnes wrote extensively on the beginnings of the cinema and on pre-cinema history. With his twin brother, Bill, he produced a collection of films documenting life in Kent in the 1930s.
`The legacy of John Barnes to the study of early cinema can hardly be overestimated.' `The Beginnings of Cinema in England is a monumental work and an essential reference guide. Its availability as a paperback is especially welcome to (graduate) students as the five volumes are very complete in situating the birth of cinema within its historical context.' (Gert Jan Harkema, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, September 2015) '. . . Essential reading . . . A labour of love that will intrigue any cineaste.' (Film Quarterly) 'Film studies for years to come will be indebted to him for having immeasurably enriched the literature on his subject.' (Quarterly Review of Film Studies) 'Perhaps it is a symptom of this change that the Barnes brothers have now found a publisher in the form of the University of Exeter Press, who have not only brought out this latest volume in style, but have re-issued volumes 2 to 4 in a uniform binding (with a promise of a totally revised volume 1 in 1998). Perhaps, at last, the British academic and archival establishments are coming to appreciate the fascination of the early cinema, a fascination that John and William Barnes have felt for over 60 years.' (Film History, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1998) 'This remarkable set of books should be in every university library in the country, and on the shelves of every film historian.' (Viewfinder, No. 32, February 1998) 'Beginnings of the Cinema in England belongs beside such founding works as Rachael Low's History of the British Film and Denis Gifford's British Film Catalogue. It is an essential work in the literature of the film.' (Film Quarterly)