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Body Shots
By Jonathan Auerbach

Body Shots

Early Cinema's Incarnations

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Body Shots by Jonathan Auerbach

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520252936
ISBN-10: 0520252934
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 214
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jonathan Auerbach

Jonathan Auerbach is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park and is the author of Male Call: Becoming Jack London (1996) and The Romance of Failure: First-Person Fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and James (1989).

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