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Silent Cinema: An Introduction: Revised and Expanded Edition (Distributed for the British Film Institute)

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This revised guide to silent film studies contains two new chapters that present an analysis of color technology and aesthetics. They look at how silent films are saved, restored and made accessible via archives. Aided by new material,this bookis a survey of the first 30 years in the history of film.

Paperback, 229 pages
Published November 26th 2000 by British Film Institute (first published October 1st 2000)
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A revised and updated of the author's Burning Passions (Una passione infiammabile). A great introduction to the archival side of silent films, discussing identifying silent film, color techniques, preservation ethics, how to do research in an archive (wish i'd read this a long time ago), etc. Written in a charmingly old-fashioned style. Contains appendices on edge codes, Melies' trademarks, and a reprint of an Eastman Kodak 1924 guide to the care and projection of film (Film mutilation and how t ...more
Despite being published by the British Film Institute, the title "Silent Cinema: An Introduction" and cover art this book was a disappointment because, for someone like me looking for a regular film history, this book is extremely technical, discusses dupe films, source materials, lost prints and is too tedious. The title is completely incorrect. It is NOT an introduction.
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