Les lectures de James Freer en Angleterre

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James Freer, avec l'aide du Canadien Pacific Railway et du gouvernement du Canada, fit deux tournées de conférences avec vues animées en Angleterre afin de promouvoir l'émigration dans l'Ouest canadien. La première lecture de Freer avait pour titre Ten years in Manitoba et présentait : « 25,000 Instantaneous Photos upon Half-a-Mile of Edison Films » (Eamon 1995, p. 16). Sa deuxième tournée ne remporta pas le succès escompté principalement parce que les vues étaient essentiellement les mêmes que lors de son premier voyage.

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51° 30' 26.55" N, 0° 7' 26.922" W

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Period - Year: 
1899 to 1902
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Freer fit deux séries de conférences, l'une en 1899, l'autre au printemps 1902.

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Le programme était composé de vues de l'Ouest canadien et de films de locomotives. Nous n'avons pas d'information sur les films projetés, nous ne possédons que le titre de certains d'entre eux : Harnessing the Virgin Prairie, Six Binders at Work in 100 Acre Wheat Field, Harvesting Scene with CPR Trains Passing and Comin Tro'the Rye (Children Play in the Hay).

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Several films are projected

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Commentator chosen by the organizers

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Commentary throughout the screening
Details on the commentary in relation to screening: 

« Freers' films provided a backdrop to his lecture in the tradition of
the “ Illustrated Talks,” now using moving images rather than glass
slides » (Eamon 1995, p. 16).

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« Freers' films provided a backdrop to his lecture in the tradition of
the “ Illustrated Talks,” now using moving images rather than glass
slides » (Eamon 1995, p. 16).

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Commentary addressed to all spectators

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Public

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« The audience who attended his 1899 lecture series were amused, simply by the moving images and Freer's fantastic tales of life of the Canadian prairies » (Eamon 1995, p. 16).

Comments

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« When he returned to Canada, Freer solicited support from the Department of the Interior, the CPR and various Western agencies and associations to fund the production of new titles. It is unclear whether or not he received any support. When in 1906 Freer proposed a third tour, both the CPR and Government officials declined his offer (Eamon 1995, p. 17).

Sources

Individuals and Research Teams who have studied this case: 
Greg Eamon
Équipe Cinéma et oralité