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The Bible on silent film : spectacle, story and scripture in the early cinema

Author: David Shepherd
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between the advent of motion pictures in the 1890s and the close of the 'silent' era at the end of the 1920s, many of the longest, most expensive and most watched films on both sides of the Atlantic drew upon biblical traditions. David J. Shepherd traces the evolution of the biblical film through the silent era, asking why the Bible attracted early filmmakers, how biblical films were indebted to other interpretive  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Shepherd
ISBN: 9781107042605 1107042607 1107517060 9781107517066
OCLC Number: 841206018
Description: xii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. 'Like one of the prophets of old': passions and cameos --
2. 'See this great sight': spectacle and miracle --
3. 'That my wonders may be multiplied': Blackton and elaboration --
4. 'How are the mighty fallen': Feuillade and tragedy --
5. 'All the country wept aloud': Andréani and melodrama --
6. 'The top of it reached to heaven': Griffith, analogy and scale --
7. 'She came close to his bed': vamps and other leading ladies --
8. 'But Pharaoh hardened his heart': Exodus and Egypt --
9. 'The end of these wonders?': The triumph of spectacle --
Afterword.
Responsibility: David J. Shepherd.
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Discovers how the Bible was represented in cinema from the beginnings up until the end of the 'silent' era.  Read more...

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