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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. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. The Kingdom of Shadows
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  1. McTeague at the Movies
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  1. It May Turn Out To Be a Powerful Thing
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  1. Nickelodeons and Common Shows
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  1. Childhood Memories
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  1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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  1. Nosferatu
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  1. Nosferatu
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  1. On The Gold Rush: “Less Security” (1926)
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  1. The Silliest Film: Will Machinery Make Robots of Men?
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  1. Silence is Golden
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  1. Editor’s Easy Chair
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  1. The Movies and Reality
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  1. Appendix from Moronia
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  1. The Message of Motion Pictures
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  1. On the Movies
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  1. On Cinema
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  1. On The Blue Angel: Heinrich Mann to Karl Lemke
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  1. On the Film
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  1. Concerning Music for the Film
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  1. Three Reviews
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  1. SWhat Is Art, Jean-Luc Godard?
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  1. The Dramatist and the Photoplay
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  1. D’Annunzio and Film
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  1. On Writing for the Films
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  1. Concerning the Film (1922)
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  1. Preface to the Film Version of Murder in the Cathedral
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  1. The Writer and Motion Pictures
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  1. The Writer and Motion Pictures
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  1. My Hollywood Experience
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  1. The Real Sins of Hollywood
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  1. Letter to His Daughter
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  1. The Language of Hollywood
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  1. Mickey and Minnie
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  1. Encounter With Chaplin
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  1. Says Chaplin Could Play Serious Drama
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  1. Has the Flapper Changed?
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  1. Appendix from Moronia
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  1. Adagio Dancer
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  1. A Tribute to Mamma from Papa Hemingway
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  1. Sidney Poitier
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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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