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Deathwatch : American film, technology, and the end of life

Author: C Scott Combs
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While cinema is a medium with a unique ability to 'watch life' and 'write movement, ' it is equally singular in its portrayal of death. This book considers movie sequences in which the process of dying becomes an exercise in legibility and exploration for the camera and connects the slow or static process of dying to formal film innovation throughout the 20th century.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Combs, C. Scott.
Deathwatch.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
(DLC) 2014001350
(OCoLC)872653609
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C Scott Combs
ISBN: 0231538030 9780231538039
OCLC Number: 890168047
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 276 pages).
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction: An Elusive Passage --
1. Mortal Recoil: Early American Execution Scenes and the Electric Chair --
2. Posthumous Motion: The Deathwork of Narrative Editing --
3. Echo and Hum: Death's Acoustic Space in the Early Sound Film --
4. Seconds: The Flashback Loop and the Posthumous Voice --
5. Terminal Screens: Cinematography and Electric Death --
Coda: End(Ings) --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Other Titles: American film, technology, and the end of life
Responsibility: C. Scott Combs.
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