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Writers have been deeply involved with film virtually from its inception in the 1890's down to the present moment. Their involvement is a story of transition from wonder and optimism about the new medium to a gradual disenchantment and a growing tendency to regard cinema as a destructive rival rather than a creative partner. Authors on Film reflects the wide range of attitudes toward film as the world 's most celebrated writers candidly express their opinions. The articles include studies of the silent film and the transition to sound, general statements on the film medium and the film-maker, discussions of the problems of screenwriting, and descriptions of the Hollywood scene, past and present. Among the thirty- five contributors are James Baldwin, Bertolt Brecht, Jean Cocteau, John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Andre Gide, Maxim Gorky, Aldous Huxley, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Mann, Somerset Maugham, Jean-Paul Sartre, Bernard Shaw, Upton Sinclair, Leo Tolstoy, H. G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. Harry M. Geduld
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Harry M. Geduld
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  1. Part One. From Silence to Sound
  1. 1. The Kingdom of Shadows
  2. Maxim Gorky
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  1. 2. McTeague at the Movies
  2. Frank Norris
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  1. 3. It May Turn Out To Be a Powerful Thing
  2. Lev Tolstoy
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  1. 4. Nickelodeons and Common Shows
  2. Upton Sinclair
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  1. 5. Childhood Memories
  2. Jean-Paul Sartre
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  1. 6. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  2. Carl Sandburg
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  1. 7. Nosferatu
  2. André Gide
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  1. 8. Nosferatu
  2. Jack Kerouac
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  1. 9. On The Gold Rush: “Less Security” (1926)
  2. Bertolt Brecht
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  1. 10. The Silliest Film: Will Machinery Make Robots of Men?
  2. H.G. Wells
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  1. 11. Silence is Golden
  2. Aldous Huxley
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  1. Part Two. The Medium and Its Messages
  1. 12. Editor’s Easy Chair
  2. W.D.Howells
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  1. 13. The Movies and Reality
  2. Virginia Woolf
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  1. 14. Appendix from Moronia
  2. H L Mencken
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  1. 15. The Message of Motion Pictures
  2. Jack London
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  1. 16. On the Movies
  2. G. К. Chesterton
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  1. 17. On Cinema
  2. G. Bernard Shaw
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  1. 18. On The Blue Angel: Heinrich Mann to Karl Lemke
  2. Heinrich Mann
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  1. 19. On the Film
  2. Thomas Mann
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  1. 20. Concerning Music for the Film
  2. Bertolt Brecht
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  1. 21. Three Reviews
  2. Graham Gгеепе
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  1. 22. What Is Art, Jean-Luc Godard?
  2. Louis Aragon
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  1. Part Three. Authors on Screenwriting
  1. 23. The Dramatist and the Photoplay
  2. Henry Arthur Jones
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  1. 24. D’Annunzio and Film
  2. Tom Antongini
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  1. 25. On Writing for the Films
  2. W. Somerset Maugham
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  1. 26. Concerning the Film (1922)
  2. Bertolt Brecht
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  1. 27. Preface to the Film Version of Murder in the Cathedral
  2. Т.S. Eliot
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  1. 28. The Writer and Motion Pictures
  2. Truman Capote
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  1. 29. The Writer and Motion Pictures
  2. William Faulkner
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  1. Part Four. The Hollywood Experience
  1. 30. My Hollywood Experience
  2. William Faulkner
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  1. 31. The Real Sins of Hollywood
  2. Theodore Dreiser
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  1. 32. Letter to His Daughter
  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald
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  1. 33. The Language of Hollywood
  2. James Т. Farrell
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  1. Part Five. Of Mice and Movie Stars
  1. 34. Mickey and Minnie
  2. E.M. Forster
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  1. 35. Encounter With Chaplin
  2. Jean Cocteau
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  1. 36. Says Chaplin Could Play Serious Drama
  2. Carl Sandburg
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  1. 37. Has the Flapper Changed?
  2. Margaret Reid
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  1. 38. Appendix from Moronia
  2. H.L. Mencken
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  1. 39. Adagio Dancer
  2. John Dos Passos
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  1. 40. A Tribute to Mamma from Papa Hemingway
  2. Ernest Hemingway
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  1. 41. Sidney Poitier
  2. James Baldwin
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  1. Notes on Authors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253049308
MARC Record
OCLC
1259584782
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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