Hugo Munsterberg on Film: The Photoplay: A Psychological Study and Other Writings / Edition 1

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Hugo Munsterberg's The Photoplay (1916) is regarded as the first serious work of film theory. In this new edition, Allan Langdale provides a critical introduction and collects numerous hard-to-find writings on film by Munsterberg.

Munsterberg argues that film is a unique medium because it speaks the language of the mind. For example, he equates the close-up with the act of attention and the flashback with the act of memory. His writings are fascinating accounts of the psychological elements of film and provide valuable insight into the reception of film as art at the beginning of the century. Hugo Munsterberg on Film will be of great interest not only to film theorists and historians, but also those interested in the history of psychology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415937078
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugo M√ľnsterberg was a psychologist and author of one of the first works of film theory, The Photoplay. Allan Langdale teaches in the Film Studies and Art History departments at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

S(t)imulation of Mind: The Film Theory of Hugo Munsterberg 1
1 The Outer Development of the Moving Pictures 45
2 The Inner Development of the Moving Pictures 54
Pt. I The Psychology of the Photoplay
3 Depth and Movement 64
4 Attention 79
5 Memory and Imagination 89
6 Emotions 99
Pt. II The Aesthetics of the Photoplay
7 The Purpose of Art 109
8 The Means of the Various Arts 120
9 The Means of the Photoplay 128
10 The Demands of the Photoplay 139
11 The Function of the Photoplay 151
Margaret Munsterberg on The Photoplay 165
Why We Go to the Movies 171
Peril to Childhood in the Movies 191
Interview with Hugo Munsterberg 201
Speech on the Paramount Pictographs 204
Index 207
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