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The optical vacuum : spectatorship and modernized American theater architecture

Author: Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the 1920s-1960s, American cinematic architecture underwent a seismic shift: movie theaters were neutralized for immersive watching, in large part by architect and writer Benjamin Schlanger. The  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Szczepaniak-Gillece, Jocelyn.
Optical vacuum.
New York : Oxford Uninversity Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018003140
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
ISBN: 9780190689353 0190689358 9780190689360 0190689366
OCLC Number: 1020580012
Description: x, 198 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Nostalgia for the Dark: Ben Schlanger and the Beginning of Neutralization, 1920 --
1932 --
Glamor and Failure --
Movie Palace in 1920s America --
Neutralization, Spectatorship, and the Machine --
Ben Schlanger: Architect of Neutralization --
Changes in the 1930s: Bending Light and Darkness --
Reverie, Space, and the Apparatus --
Thalia and the Mask --
2. Field of Light: Optics and the Demasked Screen, 1932 --
1952 --
Proximal Screens --
Close-Up, Proximity, and Visual Immersion --
Demasking the Screen, Removing the Frame --
3. Mobile Gaze through Time and Space: Neutralization in the Era of Widescreen, 1950 --
1960 --
Screening into the Future --
Presence and Participation in Widescreen Rhetoric --
"Disembodied Intellectual Abstraction": The Colonial Williamsburg Transcineums --
Perfect Vision, Sensory Deprivation --
4. Cinephilia in Ruins: An Audience of the Elite, 1960 --
1970 --
Cinema I & II --
Art House, New York, and Urban Renewal --
Ruins, Above and Below --
Cinephilia Above and Underground --
Afterlife of Art.
Responsibility: Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece.

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