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The book Travelling Cinema in Europe. Sources and Perspectives, edited by Martin Loiperdinger and published as KINtop Schriften 10, presents the proceedings of the international conference Travelling Cinema in Europe, which was held from 6 to 8 September 2007 in the cinema of the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Domitor acquaints you with the publication of the International Conference "Travelling Cinema in Europe" which took place in Luxembourg in september 2007. This issue 10 of KINtop Shriften is edited by Martin Loiperdinger. You will find below all practical informations.

Best wishes,

Domitor, P.Morrissey

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In the following months a new edition of Emilie Altenloh's "Zur Soziologie des Kino" (A Sociology of the Cinema and the Audience") from 1914, edited by Martin Loiperdinger and Heide Schlüpmann will be published.

From the preface / Présentation :

The book Travelling Cinema in Europe. Sources and Perspectives, edited by Martin Loiperdinger and published as KINtop Schriften 10, presents the proceedings of the international conference Travelling Cinema in Europe, which was held from 6 to 8 September 2007 in the cinema of the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg. The conference took place within the framework of the Travelling Cinema Project which was organized by the Cinémathèque and Trier University's Media Studies Department as part of "Luxembourg and the Greater Region, European Capital of Culture 2007". Besides the conference, as its academic section, the Travelling Cinema Project embraced multimedia production and elaborate screening practice: i. e., making the DVD Crazy Cinématographe. Europäisches Jahrmarktkino 1896-1916, and, most importantly, performing screenings of early film programmes in the travelling cinema tent Crazy Cinématographe, which had been created by the Cinémathèque for film shows on fairs in Luxembourg and in four cities of the Greater Region. Thus, the conference was embedded in a screening practice project which realized the revival of early cinema among today's fairground visitors, and brought early cinema back to the environment within which it had spent its formative years around 1900, before the boom of the creation of fixed-site cinemas provided permanent access to the film medium, even in smaller communities, from 1906 onward.

It was not the intention of the conference to give a total overview of travelling cinema exhibition and practices in the numerous countries of Europe around 1900. Instead, the conference intended to look at historical sources and to discuss perspectives for further research on travelling cinema in Europe. This was done in four sections that correspond to the four chapters of this book:

First, the project opened inspiring and promising perspectives for research based upon a variety of sources from the commercial heyday of travelling cinema in Europe during the first decade of the 20th century.

Second, the project took a closer look at those travelling cinema entrepreneurs who toured with their film shows around Luxembourg and the Greater Region before the First World War, i. e., in a region in the centre of Europe which is characterised by a multitude of idioms and dialects within the German- as well as the French-speaking groups of the population. Third, different aspects of the manifold screening practices of non-commercial travelling cinema from the early 1920s up to the 1960s. Fourth, the epilogue of the book gives a résumé of the screening and performing experiences of the Crazy Cinématographe programmes on the fairground in Luxembourg and evaluates their relevance for the presentation of early cinema to today's audiences in the context of a modern leisure environment.

Contents / Table des matières :

Martin Loiperdinger
Introduction 9

Travelling Cinema in Europe before the First World War

Vanessa Toulmin
›Within the Reach of All‹
Travelling Cinematograph Shows on British Fairgrounds
1896 – 1914 19

Matthew Solomon
Fairground Illusions and the Magic of Méliès 35

Mustafa Özen
Travelling Cinema in Istanbul 47

Ralf Forster
Easy to Handle and Part of the Novelty
Equipment for Travelling Cinemas in Early Trade Catalogues 55

Daniel Fritsch
The Paradoxical Austrian Travelling Showmen's
Magazine Die Schwalbe 67

Joseph Garncarz
The Fairground Cinema – A European Institution 79

Travelling Cinema in Luxembourg and the Greater Region before the First World War

Uli Jung
Travelling Cinematograph Shows in the Greater Region of Luxembourg
An Overview 93

Paul Lesch
Travelling Cinematograph Shows in Luxembourg   103

Brigitte Braun
Marzen's Travelling Town Hall Cinematograph
in the Greater Region of Luxembourg 119

Non-commercial Travelling Cinema in Europe from the 1890s to the 1960s

Torsten Gärtner
The Church on Wheels
Travelling Magic Lantern Mission in late Victorian England 129

Thomas Tode
Agit-trains, Agit-steamers, Cinema Trucks
Dziga Vertov and Travelling Cinema in the early 1920s
in the Soviet Union 143

Urszula Biel
German and Polish Agitation through Travelling Cinemas in the 1920s
in Upper Silesia 157

Yvonne Zimmermann
Training and Entertaining Consumers
Travelling Corporate Film Shows in Switzerland 169

Christian Kuchler
Catholic Travelling Film Shows
in West Germany after the Second World War 181

Epilogue

Claude Bertemes
Cinématographe Reloaded
Notes on the Fairground Cinema Project Crazy Cinématographe 191

The Authors 219
Picture Credits 222