Everyday Movies: Portable Film Projectors and the Transformation of American Culture

Everyday Movies: Portable Film Projectors and the Transformation of American Culture

by Haidee Wasson

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Everyday Movies documents the twentieth-century rise of portable film projectors. It demonstrates that since World War II, the vast majority of movie-watching did not happen in the glow of the large screen but rather took place alongside the glitches, distortions, and clickety-clack of small machines that transformed home, classroom, museum, community, government, industrial, and military venues into sites of moving-image display. Reorienting the history of cinema away from the magic of the movie theater, Haidee Wasson illustrates the remarkable persistence and proliferation of devices that fundamentally rejected the sleek, highly professionalized film show. She foregrounds instead another kind of apparatus, one that was accessible, affordable, adaptable, easy to use, and crucially, programmable. Revealing rich archival discoveries, this book charts a compelling and original history of film that brings to light new technologies and diverse forms of media engagement that continue to shape contemporary life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520331693
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 558,764
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Haidee Wasson is Professor of Film and Media at Concordia University, Montreal. She is author of the award-winning Museum Movies and coeditor of several books, including Useful Cinema and Cinema's Military Industrial Complex.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Portability and Projectability
1. Engineering Portability: The Rise of Suitcase Cinema
2. Spectacular Portability: Cinema’s Exhibitory Complex, American Industry, and the 1939 World's Fair
3. Mobilizing Portability: The American Military and Film Projectors
4. Portable Projectors and the Electronic Age
Epilogue: Vectors of Portable Cinema


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