Before the Movies is the first book about American screen entertainment in the pre-movie era. A groundbreaking study, lavishly illustrated with 330 color pictures, it is a comprehensive survey of the American artists who created early magic-lantern stories and songs for the screen. The book emphasizes the work of Joseph Boggs Beale, a pioneer in the field and demonstrates that Beale almost single-handedly created American-made screen entertainment for the generation before the movies. His lifetime output was 2,073 images in 258 setsthe screen-time equivalent of 14 full-length filmswhich millions enjoyed every year. The provenance, attribution, and dates of Beale’s lantern slides are discussed in detail, and a comprehensive catalog of his lantern images makes Before the Movies an essential reference volume.
|Publisher:||John Libbey Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||7.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Terry Borton holds a doctorate in education from Harvard and is Director of the American Magic Lantern Theater.
Deborah Borton holds a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania and is President of the Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada.
Table of Contents
1. The Magic Lantern
2. Provenance, Attribution, DatingAn Introduction to Beale’s Catalogue Raisonné
3. The Larger Context of Beale’s Work
4. Other American Magic-Lantern Artists
5. Assessing the Screen Art of Joseph Boggs Beale
Appendix 1. Notes to The Condensed Catalogue Raisonné of Beale’s Magic-Lantern Slides
The Condensed Catalogue Raisonné of Beale’s Magic-Lantern Slides
Endnotes for Condensed Catalogue Raisonné
Appendix 2. Chronological List of Beale Sets and Groups
Appendix 3. Slides Possibly by Beale
Appendix 4. Lantern Slide Companies Distributing Beale Slides
Appendix 5. The Beale Method for Dating Catalogs
Appendix 6. Illustrated Song Slides Containing Beale Images
Appendix 7. List of Books Illustrated by Beale
Appendix 8. Selected Bibliography
What People are Saying About This
Before the Movies is an invaluable resourcea brilliant, ground-breaking study of Joseph Boggs Beale’s work. Beale is a figure of the utmost importance, and this desperately needed study is long overdue.
Before the Movies is not only a superbly researched and illustrated in-depth study of Joseph Boggs Beale, it is also the first balanced history of early magic lantern entertainment in the United States.
This meticulously researched book means nothing less than the resurrection of a once-popular art form. It is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand the origins of today’s media culture.