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American Cinema, 1890–1909 AMERICAN CULTURE / AMERICAN CINEMA Each volume in the Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema series presents a group of original essays analyzing the impact of cultural issues on the cinema and the impact of the cinema in American society. Because every chapter explores a spectrum of particularly significant motion pictures and the broad range of historical events in one year, readers will gain a continuing sense of the decade as it came to be depicted on movie screens across the continent. The integration of historical and cultural events with the sprawling progression of American cinema illuminates the pervasive themes and the essential movies that define an era. Our series represents one among many possible ways of confronting the past; we hope that these books will offer a better understanding of the connections between American culture and film history. LESTER D. FRIEDMAN AND MURRAY POMERANCE SERIES EDITORS André Gaudreault, editor, American Cinema, 1890–1909: Themes and Variations Charlie Keil and Ben Singer, editors, American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations Ina Rae Hark, editor, American Cinema of the 1930s: Themes and Variations Wheeler Winston Dixon, editor, American Cinema of the 1940s: Themes and Variations Murray Pomerance, editor, American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations Barry Keith Grant, editor, American Cinema of the 1960s: Themes and Variations Lester D. Friedman, editor, American Cinema of the 1970s: Themes and Variations Stephen Prince, editor, American Cinema of the 1980s: Themes and Variations Chris Holmlund, editor, American Cinema of the 1990s: Themes and Variations S C R E E N D E C A D E S American Cinema, 1890–1909 Themes and Variations EDITED BY ANDRÉ GAUDREAULT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS N E W B R U N S W I C K , N E W J E R S E Y, A N D L O N D O N L I B R A R Y O F C O N G R E S S C A T A L O G I N G - I N - P U B L I C A T I O N D A T A American cinema, 1890–1909 : themes and variations / edited by André Gaudreault. p. cm. — (Screen decades : American culture/American cinema) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978–0–8135–4442–7 (hardcover : alk. paper)—ISBN 978–0–8135–4443–4 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Motion pictures—United States—History. I. Gaudreault, André. PN1993.5.U6A8573 2009 791.430973'09034—dc22 2008013962 A British Cataloging-in-Publication record for this book is available from the British Library. This collection copyright © 2009 by Rutgers, The State University Individual chapters copyright © 2009 in the names of their authors All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher. Please contact Rutgers University Press, 100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854–8099. The only exception to this prohibition is “fair use” as defined by U.S. copyright law. Visit our Web site: http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu Manufactured in the United States of America To Eileen Bowser and David Francis, who made Brighton 1978 possible We are living between two twilights: the dusk of one world, and the dawn of another. Twilight is imprecise, and the outline of all things is indistinct. Only eyes sharpened by a will to discover the primal and invisible movement of things and beings can find their way through the misty sight of the anima mundi. . . . Through movement created by a marvelous combination of photographic images and light, life is shown in the movie theater at the height of its action in a truly paroxysmal convulsion. Here is the sign of a new art. Riciotto Canudo, “Triomphe du cinématographe” (1908) and “La naissance d’un sixième art” (1911) ...

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ISBN
9780813546445
Related ISBN
9780813544427
MARC Record
OCLC
318240465
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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