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Film and Attraction - From Kinematography to Cinema

Gaudreault/Barnard

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ISBN 10: 0252035836 / ISBN 13: 9780252035838
Published by Univ Illinois Press
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Title: Film and Attraction - From Kinematography to...

Publisher: Univ Illinois Press

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Establishing a new vision for film history, Film and Attraction: From Kinematography to Cinema urges readers to consider the importance of complex social and cultural forces in early film. André Gaudreault argues that Edison and the Lumières did not invent cinema; they invented a device. Explaining how this device, the kinematograph, gave rise to cinema is the challenge he sets for himself in this volume. He highlights the forgotten role of the film lecturer and examines film's relationship with other visual spectacles in fin-de-siècle culture, from magic sketches to fairy plays and photography to vaudeville. In reorienting the study of film history, Film and Attraction offers a candid reassessment of Georges Méliès' rich oeuvre and includes a new, unabridged translation of Méliès' famous 1907 text "Kinematographic Views." A foreword by Rick Altman stresses the relevance of Gaudreault's concerns to Anglophone film scholarship.

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An important reexamination of early film history, translated from the French for the first time

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