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- DescriptionEstablishing a new vision for film history, Film and Attraction: From Kinematography to Cinema urges readers to consider the importance of complex social and cultural forces in early film. Andr\u00e9 Gaudreault argues that Edison and the Lumi\u00e8res did t invent cinema; they invented a device. Explaining how this device, the kinematograph, gave rise to cinema is the challenge he sets for himself in this volume. He highlights the forgotten role of the film lecturer and examines film's relationship with other visual spectacles in fin-de-si\u00e8cle culture, from magic sketches to fairy plays and photography to vaudeville. In reorienting the study of film history, Film and Attraction offers a candid reassessment of Georges M\u00e9li\u00e8s' rich oeuvre and includes a new, unabridged translation of M\u00e9li\u00e8s' famous 1907 text Kinematographic Views. A foreword by Rick Altman stresses the relevance of Gaudreault's concerns to Anglophone film scholarship.
- Author BiographyAndre Gaudreault is a professor at the Departement d'histoire de l'art et d'etudes cinematographiques at the Universite de Montreal, the author of From Plato to Lumiere: Narration and Monstration in Literature and Cinema, and the editor of American Cinema 1890-1909: Themes and Variations.Timothy Barnard is a film historian, author, and translator.
- Author(s)Andre Gaudreault
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication05/05/2011
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note23 black and white photographs
- Weight363 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byTimothy Barnard
- Foreword byRick Altman
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