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Silent film & the triumph of the American myth

Author: Paula Marantz Cohen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth, Paula Marantz Cohen tells the story of silent film's rise. American silent film, she contends, answered the call by nineteenth-century writers like Emerson and Thoreau for an original mode of expression compatible with American strengths and weaknesses. Tracing silent film's roots in popular nineteenth-century forms such as vaudeville, landscape painting, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Marantz Cohen
ISBN: 0195140931 9780195140934 019514094X 9780195140941
OCLC Number: 43985499
Description: viii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Literary antecedents of American silent film --
Houdini, Keaton, and the rise of the body --
Hart, Fairbanks, and the vitalization of landscape --
Griffith, Gish, and the narrative of the face --
The birth of the star system and the shaping of the modern self --
The transition to sound.
Other Titles: Silent film and the triumph of the American myth
Responsibility: Paula Marantz Cohen.
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A cultural study that connects the rise of film to the rise of America as a cultural centre and world power in the 20th century. The author argues that through the medium of silent film, America was  Read more...

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Much of Cohen's stimulating book deals with a conjunction in American history, the arrival of film around 1900 just at the right time for a vibrant national mythology to find its perfect medium.... Read more...

 
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