The History and Social Significance of Motion Pictures in South Africa 1895-1940
Author: Thelma Gutsche Publisher: Howard Timmins (1972) Edition: Limited Edition 361/1000 ISBN-10: 0869780042 ISBN-13: 9780869780046 Condition: Book Condition: Very Good. Red cloth cover with black lettering on the spine. 2 minor stains to rear board, and small stain to top edge of textblock. Some underlining to text. Else a clean, tightly bound copy in very good condition. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. The dust jacket has some scratches and light rubbing. Small closed tears to top of spine of DJ (less than 1.5cm). Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket Pages: 404 Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.5 x 3 cm
Weight: 1.1 kg
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Copy of the late SA poet and novelist Stephen Gray, with his signature to front free endpaper, and his underlining to text.
Accepted for the degree of Ph.D by the University of Cape Town in 1946, this thesis traces the appearance and widespread use and distribution of films (from the first peepshows to talkies) against the socio-economic background of the time and also traces the parallel development of other media - music, drama, vaudeville, the circus and newer forms such as the Radio.
Primarily academic in character, the work is massively documented and indexed, but enlivened for the less serious student by fascinating footnotes and amusing anecdotes of the early tribulations of the nascent entertainment industry.