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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book would not have been possible without the support of a great number of people and institutions who contributed to it in one way or another and to whom I am extremely grateful. First of all, there are the nine scholars who each wrote a chapter under a tight deadline according to the series’ guidelines, which some authors found just as “tight.” These authors have been remarkable in every respect. I am certain that readers will find their articles interesting, even captivating. I am also certain that they will realize, as they turn each page, that these authors have advanced our knowledge of the highly important phenomenon that has come to be known as early cinema. These authors were also remarkable for the constant spirit of collaboration that animated their work and for which my assistant Lisa Pietrocatelli and I are most grateful because, in our concern to do things properly, the editing of this volume has been an enormous task. There is one concern, however, that we did not have, and that was running after our authors for their texts, answers to our questions, or additional information. Lisa and I are extremely grateful to them for this. Among these authors, I would like to extend special thanks to Tom Gunning, who agreed to share with me the great responsibility (in my eyes at least) of writing the introduction. One of the principal tasks of this chapter was to bring to the fore some of the ideas of the other ten chapters that follow it and to make the reader want to continue to read the rest of the book. I also thank Tom for serving as my “special advisor” in editing the volume . His advice helped me make the right decisions at strategic moments and was thus a crucial contribution to the form the book has taken. I also thank from the bottom of my heart Murray Pomerance, one of the series’s two general editors, who put considerable effort into editing the texts, which he did with astonishing speed and inspired severity, always spot-on and well tuned. His constant presence at the other end of the line (electronically speaking) and his constant presence of mind made it possible for the chapters to respect a minimum of uniformity despite their relative formal diversity. Murray is an agreeable, interested, and interesting fellow who knows how to earn the respect of those he works with and who is able to generate enthusiasm for a project. ix I would also like to thank Richard Abel, Donald Crafton, Germain Lacasse, and Charles Musser, who provided advice on one or another of the following chapters. I can’t express the debt I feel toward Paul Spehr and Jean-Marc Lamotte for their advice while I was researching the first part of the introduction . What good fortune it was for me to be able to count on the specialist, on this side of the Atlantic, on the invention of the Kinetograph, and on the specialist on the invention of the Cinématographe on the other. Lisa and I also thank Jennifer Bean, Charles Musser, Patrick Loughney, Murray Pomerance, Paul Spehr, Lauren Rabinovitz, and Matthew Solomon for their advice on preparing the timeline. We are also indebted to the other general editor of the series, Lester D. Friedman, and to Leslie Mitchner, associate director/editor-in-chief at Rutgers University Press, for their steadfast collaboration and unwavering support throughout the work of editing the present volume. I would also like to extend my warm thanks to my regular translator of the past few years, Timothy Barnard, himself a true scholar, with whom I enjoy working immensely and from whom I am always learning things (I can hear him grumbling as he translates these lines). Lisa and I are also grateful to him for his inspired revision of the texts and the regular advice he provided us. The present volume is the fruit of research undertaken as part of the work of the Groupe de recherche sur l’avènement et la formation des institutions cinématographique et scénique (GRAFICS), which I have had the honor of leading at the Université de Montréal since 1994. GRAFICS receives generous funding from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), without which it would not have been possible to work on this volume under decent conditions. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), not...


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