Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations / Edition 1

Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations / Edition 1

by Jonathan Auerbach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520252934

ISBN-13: 9780520252936

Pub. Date: 10/09/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

This original and compelling book places the body at the center of cinema's first decade of emergence and challenges the idea that for early audiences, the new medium's fascination rested on visual spectacle for its own sake.
Instead, as Jonathan Auerbach argues, it was the human form in motion that most profoundly shaped early cinema. Situating his discussion

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This original and compelling book places the body at the center of cinema's first decade of emergence and challenges the idea that for early audiences, the new medium's fascination rested on visual spectacle for its own sake.
Instead, as Jonathan Auerbach argues, it was the human form in motion that most profoundly shaped early cinema. Situating his discussion in a political and historical context, Auerbach begins his analysis with films that reveal striking anxieties and preoccupations about persons on public display—both exceptional figures, such as 1896 presidential candidate William McKinley, and ordinary people caught by the movie camera in their daily routines. The result is a sharp, unique, and groundbreaking way to consider the turn-of-the-twentieth-century American incarnation of cinema itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252936
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/09/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments


Introduction: Body, Movement, Space
PART I. BODIES IN PUBLIC
1. Looking
In: McKinley at Home
2. Looking Out: Visualizing Self-Consciousness

Interlude. The Vocal Gesture: Sounding the Origins of Cinema
PART II. BODIES IN SPACE
3. Chasing Film Narrative
4. Windows 1900; or, Life of an American Fireman
Conclusion: The Stilled Body

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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