Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
Edited by Richard Abel
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Encyclopedia of Early Cinema by Richard Abel
Book DescriptionThis encyclopedia presents a wealth of information on early cinema history, with coverage of the techniques and equipment of film production, profiles of the pioneering directors and producers, analysis of individual films and the rapid growth of distinct film genres, and the emergence of something the world had never seen before - the movie star. The work also focuses on how the nature of film exhibition changed as the industry grew, and how the public's reception to films also changed. The pre-cinema period is closely examined to show those mass-cultural forms and practices - such as music hall and vaudeville - from within which cinema was to emerge. A perfect companion for any student of early cinema and film studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415234405
(246mm x 174mm x 41mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Early Cinema and the 'National', Paperback (October 2008)
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Analyzes film distribution and exhibition practices in order to reconstruct a context for understanding moviegoing at a time when American cities were coming to grips with new groups of immigrants and women working outside the home. This book talks about the history of the film industry, and about the process of imaging a national community.
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Author Biography - Richard Abel
Richard Abel is director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Film and Video Studies at the University of Michigan. His essays have appeared in dozens of journals and been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. Along with several of those essays, four of his books have won national or international awards. Recently he began research on a new project, Trash Twins: Moving Pictures and Newspapers in the USA, 1911-1914.
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