Short History of the Movies, A: Abridged Edition

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  • Edition: Abridged
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This is the essential core of Mast and Kawinrs"s classic in a streamlined volume: the most accurate, carefully updated account of cinema today in a clear and lively book. Building on Mastrs"s astute and lively history of cinema, Kawin has refined and updated the fascinating story of cinemars"s evolution from its earliest beginnings to the digital age. Probing deeper than most movie books, he takes us into the studio vaults, corrects the record, discloses what goes on inside the industry, clarifies the mysteries of movie technology, and offers a precise, thoroughly researched account. Kawin's analysis is witty and engaging, rich in instructive insights and entertaining illustrations of the art, history, technology, business, and fun of film. Now the essentials of Mast and Kawinrs"s classic book are available in a compact version, judiciously streamlined at an even trimmer price.

Table of Contents

Introductory Assumptions
For Further Viewing
Frames per second
Pictures on Film
Flicker and the Continuous Signal
Persistence of Vision and Other Phenomena
Seeing with the Brain
Visual Masking and Retinal Retention
Scientific Toys
Emile Reynaud
Muybridge and Marey
Early Cameras and Films
The Kinetoscope
A Sound Film and Studio
The Magic Lantern
The Loop and Other Solutions
The Lumiegrave;re Brothers
The Vitascope
The First Films
For Further Viewing
Film Narrative, Commercial Expansion
Early Companies
Cohl and Others
From Brighton to Biograph
Business Wars
The Film drsquo;Art
For Further Viewing
Biograph: The One-Reelers
Two Reels and Up
The Birth of a Nation
Intolerance. 1917-31
Broken BlossomsandWay Down East
The Struggle
For Further Viewing
Mack Sennett and the Chaplin Shorts
Krazy Keystones
For Further Viewing
Movie Czars and Movie Stars
Stars over Hollywood
The First Stars
California, Here We Come
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