Cinema Futures: Cain,Abel,or Cable?

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In the late 1960s, the cinema was pronounced dead. Television, like a Biblical Cain had slain his brother Abel. Some thirty years later, a remarkable reversal: rarely has the cinema been more popular. And yet, rarely has the cinema's future seemed more uncertain. Cinema Futures: Cain, Abel or Cable? presents a careful and forceful argument about predictions that tend to be made when new technologies appear. Examining the complex dynamics of convergence and divergence among the audio-visual media, the authors are...
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In the late 1960s, the cinema was pronounced dead. Television, like a Biblical Cain had slain his brother Abel. Some thirty years later, a remarkable reversal: rarely has the cinema been more popular. And yet, rarely has the cinema's future seemed more uncertain. Cinema Futures: Cain, Abel or Cable? presents a careful and forceful argument about predictions that tend to be made when new technologies appear. Examining the complex dynamics of convergence and divergence among the audio-visual media, the authors are realistic in their estimate of the future of the cinema's distinctive aesthetic identity, and robustly optimistic that the different social needs audiences bring to the public and domestic media will ensure their distinctiveness, as well as the necessary openness of cultural meaning and creative imput. The chief contributors include producers, historians, critics and journalists from several countries, creating a lively volume, rich in information and case studies, useful to media students and film scholars, as well as to anyone interested in better understanding the momentous changes transforming our worlds of sound and image.
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Twenty-two articles by intimates of the medium discuss media archeologies, cinema and television, documentary: the digital age's first casualty?, and digital futures. Numerous b&w illustrations focus media/cultural trends. Includes five translated reprints. Distributed in the US by U. of Michigan Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

1 Preface 7
2 Cinema Futures: Convergence, Divergence, Difference 9
3 Towards an Archaeology of the Computer Screen 27
4 Louis Lumiere - the Cinema's First Virtualist? 45
5 Speed is the Mother of Cinema 63
6 Fin de Siecle of Television 73
7 Theseus and Ariadne: For a Counter-History of the Cinema-Television Relationship? 85
8 Scanning The Horizon: A Film is a Film is a Film 105
9 Television and the Close-up: Interference or Correspondence? 119
10 Cinema and Television: Laios and Oedipus 127
11 Cinema and Television: From Eden to the Land of Nod? 137
12 Fantasy Island: Dream Logic as Production Logic 143
13 'I See, if I Believe it' - Documentary and the Digital 159
14 Theatrical and Television Documentary: The Sound of One Hand Clapping 167
15 On the Big Screen every Doctor gets a Starring Role 177
16 From Butterflies and Bees to ROGER AND ME 183
17 To Lie and to Act: Cinema and Telepresence 189
18 Digital Cinema: Delivery, Event, Time 201
19 The Television Screen: from Spoil-sport to Game-maker 223
20 Random Access Rules 229
21 Electronic Cinema: On the Way to the Digital 241
22 The Assault of Computer-generated Worlds on the Rest of Time 251
Selected Bibliography 267
List of Contributors 275
List of Illustrations 279
Publication Data 281
Notes 283
Index 301
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