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From peep show to palace : the birth of American film

Author: David Robinson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press in association with the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., ©1996.
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From Peep Show to Palace recounts the enchanting early years of film, beginning with the primitive motion of the "magic lantern" in the fifteenth century and continuing, most significantly, with the explosion of research from 1893 to 1913, when the modern motion picture was born. Respected film critic David Robinson offers this vivid account of the haphazard process, "like the assembly of the pieces of a puzzle,"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Robinson
ISBN: 0231103387 9780231103381
OCLC Number: 32546037
Description: xiv, 213 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / James H. Billington --
Foreword / Martin Scorsese --
1. Pieces in a Puzzle: Prehistory of the motion picture --
2. Sorcerer and Apprentice: Edison, Dickson, and the Kinetoscope --
3. From Science to Show Business: Development of the Kinetoscope, as medium and commerce --
4. The Race to the Screen: Projecting the motion picture --
5. The Inherited Repertoire: Origins of motion picture content --
6. Finding a Home: The rise of the nickelodeon and the purpose-built cinema --
7. Wars and Order: Patents wrangles and industrial organization --
8. Production and the Way West: The migration to California --
9. Telling Stories: Development of film narrative --
10. International Rivalries: America and Europe struggle for market domination --
11. Features and Palaces: Revolutions in exhibition --
12. The Year 1913: The cinema comes of age.
Responsibility: David Robinson ; foreword by Martin Scorsese.

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This work recounts the early years of film, a trajectory which began with the "magic lantern" in the 17th century and progressed rapidly from 1893 to 1913, when the modern motion picture was born. It  Read more...

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