Silent Film

Silent Film

by Richard Able, Abel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813522269

ISBN-13: 9780813522265

Pub. Date: 01/01/1996

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Silent Film offers some of the best recent essays on silent cinema, essays that cross disciplinary boundaries and break new ground in a variety of ways. Some focus on the "materiality" of early cinema: the color processes used in printing nitrate film stocks, the choreographic styles of film acting, and the wide range of sound accompaniment.…  See more details below

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Silent Film offers some of the best recent essays on silent cinema, essays that cross disciplinary boundaries and break new ground in a variety of ways. Some focus on the "materiality" of early cinema: the color processes used in printing nitrate film stocks, the choreographic styles of film acting, and the wide range of sound accompaniment. Others focus on questions of periodicity and nationality: on the shift from a "cinema of attractions" to a "classical narrative cinema," on the relationship between changes in production and those in exhibition, and on the historical specificity of national cinemas. Still others focus on early cinema's intertextual relations with various forms of mass culture (from magazine stories or sensational melodramas in the United States to the tango craze in Russia), and on reception in silent cinema (from black audiences in Chicago to women's fan magazines of the 1920s). Taken together, the contributors to this volume suggest provocative parallels between silent cinema at the turn of the last century and "postmodern" cinema at the end of our own. This book is an important contribution to the study of silent film and a key addition to this new series.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813522265
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
Rutgers Depth of Field Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
The Color of Nitrate: Some Factual Observations on Tinting and Toning Manuals for Silent Films21
The Sound of Silents31
Kuleshov's Experiments and the New Anthropology of the Actor45
"Now You See It, Now You Don't": The Temporality of the Cinema of Attractions71
Pre-Classical American Cinema: Its Changing Modes of Film Production85
Booming the Film Business: The Historical Specificity of Early French Cinema109
Cinema as Anti-Theater: Actresses and Female Audiences in Wilhelmianian Germany125
Dickens, Griffith, and Film Theory Today145
Female Power in the Serial-Queen Melodrama: The Etiology of an Anomaly163
Russia, 1913: Cinema in the Cultural Landscape194
Dante's Inferno and Caesar's Ghost: Intertextuality and Conditions of Reception in Early American Cinema217
"The Finest Outside the Loop": Motion Picture Exhibition in Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1905-1928234
The Perils of Pleasure? Fan Magazine Discourse as Women's Commodified Culture in the 1920s263
Selected Bibliography299
Contributors307
Index309

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