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The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures

Paul Fischer

Who killed the inventor of the motion picture camera – and why? Paul Fischer’s new book excavates one of the Victorian age’s great unsolved mysteries, and in the process offers a revelatory rewriting of the birth of motion pictures.

104 in stock

£20.00
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571348640
Date Published
07.04.2022
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Summary

A Radio 4 Book of the Week.

In 1888 Louis Le Prince shot the world’s first motion picture in Leeds, England.

In 1890, weeks before the public unveiling of his camera and projector – a year before Thomas Edison announced that the had invented a motion picture camera – Le Prince stepped on a train in France – and disappeared without a trace. He was never seen or heard from again. No body was ever found.

Le Prince’s family were convinced Edison had stolen Louis’s work, and so they sued the most famous inventor in the world. By the time the lawsuit was over, Le Prince’s own son was dead under suspicious circumstances – and modern Hollywood was being born.

Paul Fischer’s new book excavates one of the Victorian age’s great unsolved mysteries, and in the process offers a revelatory rewriting of the birth of motion pictures.

Critic Reviews

'A fascinating, informative, skillfully articulated narrative of one of the forgotten figures in cinematic history. Consistently entertaining and illuminating.'

Kirkus Starred Review
Critic Reviews

‘Probing a still-unsolved mystery at the heart of the world’s most popular art form, the result both absorbing, forensic and jaw-dropping.’

Total Film
Critic Reviews

'One of cinema history's murkiest murder mysteries.'

Sight & Sound
Critic Reviews

‘Absorbing…what Fischer does do is bring sharp forensic skills and a cool head to a narrative that has become hijacked by wild conspiracy theories.’

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

“The story of [Le Prince’s] life amounts not only to a captivating whodunit, but to a lens on the development of cinema itself… Fischer’s narration is briskly paced and elegant.”

Harper's Magazine
Critic Reviews

'A movie murder mystery...(a) real-life whodunnit.'

Radio Times