The Silent Cinema Reader / Edition 1

The Silent Cinema Reader / Edition 1

by Lee Grieveson
     
 

The Silent Cinema Reader is a comprehensive resource of key writings on early cinema, addressing filmmaking practice, film form, style and content, and the ways in which silent films were exhibited and understood by their audiences, from the beginnings of film in the late nineteenth century to the coming of sound in the late 1920s.
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The Silent Cinema Reader is a comprehensive resource of key writings on early cinema, addressing filmmaking practice, film form, style and content, and the ways in which silent films were exhibited and understood by their audiences, from the beginnings of film in the late nineteenth century to the coming of sound in the late 1920s.
The Reader covers international developments in film aesthetics, the growth of the American film industry and its relationship with foreign competitors at home and abroad, and the broader cultural, social and political contexts of film production and consumption in the United States as well as Britain, France, Russia and Germany. The Reader includes in-depth case studies of major directors and stars of the silent era, including Cecil B. DeMille, Eisenstein, D. W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.

Articles are grouped into thematic sections, each with an introduction by the editors, which focus on:

* Film projection and variety shows
* Storytelling and the nickelodeon
* Cinema and reform
* Feature films and cinema programmes
* Classical Hollywood cinema
* European national cinemas

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415252843
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Prologue: Introduction11
1At the Beginning: Motion Picture Production, Representation and Ideology at the Edison and Lumiere Companies15
Pt. IFilm projection and variety shows
Introduction31
2"Now You See It, Now You Don't": The Temporality of the Cinema of Attractions41
3The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), G. A. Smith and the Emergence of the Edited Film in England51
4The Cinema of Attractions in France, 1896-190463
Pt. IIStorytelling and the nickelodeon
Introduction77
5Moving Towards Fictional Narratives: Story Films Become the Dominant Product, 1903-190487
6Pathe Goes to Town: French Films Create a Market for the Nickelodeon, 1903-1906103
7Manhattan Nickelodeons: New Data on Audiences and Exhibitors119
Pt. IIICinema and reform
Introduction135
8From the Opium Den to the Theatre of Morality: Moral Discourse and the Film Process in Early American Cinema145
9How Many Times Shall Caesar Bleed in Sport: Shakespeare and the Cultural Debate about Moving Pictures155
10Fighting Films: Race, Morality, and the Governing of Cinema, 1912-1915169
Pt. IVFeature films and cinema programmes
Introduction187
11A Star is Born: American Culture and the Dynamics of Charlie Chaplin's Star Image, 1913-1916197
12An Awful Struggle Between Love and Ambition: Serial Heroines, Serial Stars and Their Female Fans210
13Traffic in Souls (1913): An Experiment in Feature-Length Narrative Construction226
14Race, Melodrama, and the Birth of a Nation (1915)242
15The International Exploration of Cinematic Expressivity254
Pt. VClassical Hollywood cinema
Introduction271
16The Making of a Comic Star: Buster Keaton and the Saphead (1920)279
17"The Perfect Lover"?: Valentino and Ethnic Masculinity in the 1920s290
18The New Woman and Consumer Culture: Cecil B. DeMille's Sex Comedies305
19The Open Door: Hollywood's Public Relations at Home and Abroad, 1922-1928318
Pt. VIEuropean cinemas
Introduction329
20New Notes on Russian Film Culture Between 1908 and 1919339
21Early Alternatives to the Hollywood Mode of Production: Implications for Europe's Avant-Gardes349
22Monumental Heroics: Form and style in Eisenstein's Silent Films368
23Art and Industry: German Cinema of the 1920s389
Bibliography401
Index416

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