George Kleine and American Cinema

George Kleine and American Cinema Author Joel Frykholm
ISBN-10 9781844577712
Year 2015-10-30
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
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George Kleine was a New York City optician who moved to Chicago in 1893 to set up an optical store. In 1896 he branched out and began selling motion picture equipment and films. Within a few years he becameAmerica's largest film distributor and a pivotal figure in the movie business. In chronicling the career of this motion picture pioneer – including his rapid rise to fame and fortune, but also his gradual downfall after 1915 as the era of Hollywood began – Joel Frykholm provides an in-depth account of the emergence of the motion picture business in the United States and its development throughout the silent era. Through the lens of Kleine's fascinating career, this book explores how motion pictures gradually transformed from a novelty into an economic and cultural institution central to both American life and an increasingly globalised culture of mass entertainment.

Films that Sell

Films that Sell Author Patrick Vonderau
ISBN-10 9781844578948
Year 2016-09-01
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher
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The first overview of the moving image in advertising, this far-reaching and innovative new text brings together an international ensemble of leading archivists and scholars to examine various aspects of the history, theory and practice of moving image advertising from around the world.

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols Author Kyle Stevens
ISBN-10 9780199375813
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher OUP Us
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With iconic movies like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, and Carnal Knowledge, Mike Nichols was the most prominent American director during the cultural upheavals of the 1960s. Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism argues that he overhauled the style of psychological realism, and, in doing so, continues to shape the legacies of Hollywood cinema. It also reveals that misreadings of his films were central to foundational debates at the emergence of Cinema Studies as a discipline, inviting new reflections on critical dogma. Focusing on Nichols' classic movies, as well as later films such as Silkwood, The Birdcage, and Angels in America, Kyle Stevens demonstrates that Nichols' realism lies not in the plausibility of his characters but in their inherent mystery. By attending to the puzzling words and silences, breaths and laughter, that comprise these characters, Stevens uncovers new insights into the subversive potential of a range of cinematic elements, and reveals how Nichols' satirical oeuvre, and Hollywood itself, participated in several of the nation's most urgent social, political, and philosophical advances.

Cult Film Stardom

Cult Film Stardom Author K. Egan
ISBN-10 9781137291776
Year 2012-11-06
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Springer
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The term 'cult film star' has been employed in popular journalistic writing for the last 25 years, but what makes cult stars distinct from other film stars has rarely been addressed. This collection explores the processes through which film stars/actors become associated with the cult label, from Bill Murray to Ruth Gordon and Ingrid Pitt.

Filmosophy

Filmosophy Author Daniel Frampton
ISBN-10 9780231850100
Year 2012-07-16
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Columbia University Press
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Filmosophy is a provocative new manifesto for a radically philosophical way of understanding cinema. It coalesces twentieth-century ideas of film as thought (from Hugo M& uuml;nsterberg to Gilles Deleuze) into a practical theory of "film-thinking," arguing that film style conveys poetic ideas through a constant dramatic "intent" about the characters, spaces, and events of film. Discussing contemporary filmmakers such as B& eacute;la Tarr and the Dardenne brothers, this timely contribution to the study of film and philosophy will provoke debate among audiences and filmmakers alike. FILMOSOPHY & reg; is a registered U.S. trademark owned by Valentin Stoilov (www.filmosophy.com) for educational services in the field of motion picture history theory and production. Mr. Stoilov is not the source or origin of this book and has not sponsored or endorsed it or its author.

Electric Dreamland

Electric Dreamland Author Lauren Rabinovitz
ISBN-10 9780231527217
Year 2012-07-16
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Columbia University Press
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More than two thousand amusement parks dotted the American landscape in the early twentieth century, thrilling the general public with the latest in entertainment and motion picture technology. Amusement parks were the playgrounds of the working class, combining numerous, mechanically-based spectacles into one unique, modern cultural phenomenon. Lauren Rabinovitz describes the urban modernity engendered by these parks and their media, encouraging ordinary individuals to sense, interpret, and embody a burgeoning national identity. As industrialization, urbanization, and immigration upended society before World War I, amusement parks tempered the shocks of racial, ethnic, and cultural conflict while shrinking the distinctions between gender and class. As she follows the rise of American parks from 1896 to 1918, Rabinovitz seizes on a simultaneous increase in cinema and spectacle audiences and connects both to the success of leisure activities in stabilizing society. Critics of the time often condemned parks and movies for inciting moral decline, but in fact they fostered women’s independence, racial uplift, and assimilation. The rhythmic, mechanical movements of spectacle also conditioned audiences to process multiple stimuli. Featuring illustrations from private collections and accounts from unaccessed archives, Electric Dreamland joins film and historical analyses in a rare portrait of mass entertainment and the modern American eye.

Art of Projection

Art of Projection Author Stan Douglas
ISBN-10 3775723706
Year 2009
Pages 191
Language en
Publisher Hatje Cantz Pub
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Text by Christopher Eamon, Mieke Bal, Beatriz Colomina, Thomas McDonough.

Disposable Passions

Disposable Passions Author David Church
ISBN-10 9781501307546
Year 2016-09-22
Pages 296
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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From early twentieth-century stag films to 1960s sexploitation pictures to the boom in 1970s "porno chic,†? adult cinema's vintage forms are now being reappraised by a new generation of historians, fans, preservationists, and home video entrepreneurs-all of whom depend on and help shape the archive of film history. But what is the present-day allure of these artifacts that have since become eroticized more for their "pastness†? than the explicit acts they show? And what are the political implications of recovering these rare but still-visceral films from a less "enlightened,†? pre-feminist past? Drawing on media industry analysis, archival theory, and interviews with adult video personnel, David Church argues that vintage pornography retains its retrospective fascination precisely because these culturally denigrated texts have been so poorly preserved on political and aesthetic grounds. Through these films' ongoing moves from cultural emergence to concealment to rediscovery, the archive itself performs a "striptease,†? permitting tangible contact with these corporeally stimulating forms at a moment when the overall physicality of media objects is undergoing rapid transformation. Disposable Passions explores the historiographic lessons that vintage pornography can teach us about which materials our society chooses to keep, and how a long-neglected genre is primed for serious rediscovery as more than mere autoerotic fodder.

Italian Post Neorealist Cinema

Italian Post Neorealist Cinema Author Luca Barattoni
ISBN-10 9780748650934
Year 2012-10-09
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
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Unlike countries like France, the Czech Republic or Brazil, Italy did not have a new wave properly understood as a movement. However, while new artistic schools were emerging in many other countries, Italy was undergoing its most dramatic social and economic transformations. Those violent changes, together with the perceived necessity of renewing the aesthetic heritage of Neorealism, sparked a drastic regeneration of the cinematic language and marked the most memorable period of Italian film history.Italian Post-Neorealist Cinema explores the ferments of Italian cinema from the mid-50s to the end of the 60s, situating its wealth in the context of other national cinemas emerging at the same time. Olmi, Pasolini, Antonioni, Fellini, Visconti, the Taviani Brothers, Cavani, Rosi, Ferreri and many others all made their debut or directed their most representative works during the period. The book brings to the surface the lines of experimentation and artistic renewal appearing after the exhaustion of Neorealism, mapping complex areas of interest such as the emergence of ethical concerns, the relationship between ideology and representation, and the role of Italian counter-culture.

Cinematic Appeals

Cinematic Appeals Author Ariel Rogers
ISBN-10 9780231535786
Year 2013-10-22
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Columbia University Press
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Cinematic Appeals follows the effect of technological innovation on the cinema experience, specifically the introduction of widescreen and stereoscopic 3D systems in the 1950s, the rise of digital cinema in the 1990s, and the transition to digital 3D since 2005. Widescreen films drew the spectator into the world of the screen, enabling larger-than-life close-ups of already larger-than-life actors. The technology fostered the illusion of physically entering a film, enhancing the semblance of realism. Alternatively, the digital era was less concerned with manipulating the viewer's physical response and more with generating information flow, awe, disorientation, and the disintegration of spatial boundaries. This study ultimately shows how cinematic technology and the human experience shape and respond to each other over time. Films discussed include Elia Kazan's East of Eden (1955), Star Wars: Phantom Menace (1999), The Matrix (1999), and Thomas Vinterberg's Dogme film Celebration (1995).

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice Author Lucas Hilderbrand
ISBN-10 9780822392194
Year 2009-05-07
Pages 346
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press
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In an age of digital technology and renewed anxiety about media piracy, Inherent Vice revisits the recent analog past with an eye-opening exploration of the aesthetic and legal innovations of home video. Analog videotape was introduced to consumers as a blank format, essentially as a bootleg technology, for recording television without permission. The studios initially resisted VCRs and began legal action to oppose their marketing. In turn, U.S. courts controversially reinterpreted copyright law to protect users’ right to record, while content owners eventually developed ways to exploit the video market. Lucas Hilderbrand shows how videotape and fair use offer essential lessons relevant to contemporary progressive media policy. Videotape not only radically changed how audiences accessed the content they wanted and loved but also altered how they watched it. Hilderbrand develops an aesthetic theory of analog video, an “aesthetics of access” most boldly embodied by bootleg videos. He contends that the medium specificity of videotape becomes most apparent through repeated duplication, wear, and technical failure; video’s visible and audible degeneration signals its uses for legal transgressions and illicit pleasures. Bringing formal and cultural analysis into dialogue with industrial history and case law, Hilderbrand examines four decades of often overlooked histories of video recording, including the first network news archive, the underground circulation of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a feminist tape-sharing network, and the phenomenally popular website YouTube. This book reveals the creative uses of videotape that have made essential content more accessible and expanded our understanding of copyright law. It is a politically provocative, unabashedly nostalgic ode to analog.

Digital Video and Television

Digital Video and Television Author Ioannis Pitas
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105212877588
Year 2013
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher
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This book is the most up-to-date introduction to digital video and television. It is very suitable to university/college/arts students and video enthusiasts, by providing an accurate presentation, without too many mathematical/technical details. It covers all technologies related to video shooting/acquisition, editing, compression, optical storage, broadcasting and display. To this end, various video compression methods (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, HEVC) and broadcasting systems (ATSC, DVB, DTMB, ISDB) are overviewed. Novel trends in video streaming, webcasting and mobile video are presented. An overview of the latest trends in production, post-production and visual effects is presented for movie and TV content creation. Human perception of video and quality enhancement through video processing are detailed. Video analysis, description and archiving for fast video search are overviewed. Finally, novel trends in 3DTV and digital cinema are presented.