Early Cinema: Space, Frame, Narrative
In the twenty years preceding the First World War, cinema rapidly developed from a fairground curiosity into a major industry and social institution, a source of information and entertainment for millions of people. Only recently have film scholars and historians begun to study these early years of cinema in their own right and not simply as first steps towards the classic...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published November 26th 1990 by British Film Institute
(first published November 1990)
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Voluminous edited tome that re-evaluates how early cinema is conceptualized by scholars. Some of the biggest names (Staiger, Gunning, Musser, etc.) of film studies are included and each make important (and sometimes contradictory) contributions to the argument. The book focuses almost exclusively on pre-Griffith cinema (except for half of the third section, but even then it is pre-Birth of A Nation Griffith) and examines numerous factors of the medium/industry from 1895-1915. Personally, I find...more