Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations / Edition 1

Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations / Edition 1

by Jonathan Auerbach
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University of California Press
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Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations / Edition 1

This original and compelling book places the body at the center of cinema's first decade of emergence and challenges the idea that for early audiences, the new medium's fascination rested on visual spectacle for its own sake. Instead, as Jonathan Auerbach argues, it was the human form in motion that most profoundly shaped early cinema. Situating his discussion in a political and historical context, Auerbach begins his analysis with films that reveal striking anxieties and preoccupations about persons on public display—both exceptional figures, such as 1896 presidential candidate William McKinley, and ordinary people caught by the movie camera in their daily routines. The result is a sharp, unique, and groundbreaking way to consider the turn-of-the-twentieth-century American incarnation of cinema itself.

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ISBN-13: 9780520252936
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Body, Movement, Space     1
Bodies in Public
Looking In: McKinley at Home     15
Looking Out: Visualizing Self-Consciousness     42
Interlude. The Vocal Gesture: Sounding the Origins of Cinema     63
Bodies in Space
Chasing Film Narrative     85
Windows 1900; or, Life of an American Fireman     104
Conclusion: The Stilled Body     124
Notes     137
Bibliography     179
Index     195

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