Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s - Film and Culture Series (Paperback)
  • Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s - Film and Culture Series (Paperback)
zoom

Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s - Film and Culture Series (Paperback)

(author), (author)
£28.00
Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 16/04/2019
  • In stock
  • Free UK delivery

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
The era of silent film, long seen as black and white, has been revealed in recent scholarship as bursting with color. Yet the 1920s remain thought of as a transitional decade between early cinema and the rise of Technicolor-despite the fact that new color technologies used in film, advertising, fashion, and industry reshaped cinema and consumer culture. In Chromatic Modernity, Sarah Street and Joshua Yumibe provide a revelatory history of how the use of color in film during the 1920s played a key role in creating a chromatically vibrant culture.

Focusing on the final decade of silent film, Street and Yumibe portray the 1920s as a pivotal and profoundly chromatic period of cosmopolitan exchange, collaboration, and experimentation in and around cinema. Chromatic Modernity explores contemporary debates over color's artistic, scientific, philosophical, and educational significance. It examines a wide range of European and American films, including Opus 1 (1921), L'Inhumaine (1923), Die Nibelungen (1924), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Lodger (1927), Napoleon (1927), and Dracula (1932). A comprehensive, comparative study that situates film among developments in art, color science, and industry, Chromatic Modernity reveals the role of color cinema in forging new ways of looking at and experiencing the modern world.

Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231179836
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Chromatic Modernity makes a brilliant contribution to the history of color in film. Focusing on the pivotal period of the 1920s, the book skillfully situates modernist cinema within a sweeping "chromatic revolution" that impacted everything from fashion and advertising to urban planning and interior design. In so doing, it shows conclusively why color matters to film history-and why cinema mattered to the chromatic culture of modernity. -- Michael Cowan, University of St Andrews
This book differs from other studies of film color in its interdisciplinary approach. The authors have gone to great lengths to explore the cultural use of color outside of films and how that influenced and informed technical developments and audience tastes in cinema. I cannot think of a pair more qualified to analyze such overlooked cinema than Street and Yumibe. The convergence of these experts benefits their research and the text they have written. -- James Layton, coauthor of The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935
Arguing against assumptions that intermediality decreases with the formation of the classical Hollywood system, Street and Yumibe assert that the twenties are, in fact, a key decade for cinematic engagement across art forms in the development of this heightened color consciousness. The focus on the transnational intellectual, aesthetic, and industrial cross influences between the United States and Europe and the historical synthesis of a large literature on the color revolution are two significant features of this book. -- Kirsten Moana Thompson, Seattle University
This is a remarkable book. Highly recommended. * Choice *

You may also be interested in...

So, Anyway...
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Film: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Of Walking In Ice
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
My Word is My Bond
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Star Trek: Light-Up Starship Enterprise
Added to basket
Wishful Drinking
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Ayoade on Ayoade
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Wes Anderson Collection
Added to basket
The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex
Added to basket
The Moon's a Balloon
Added to basket
Total Recall
Added to basket
The Most of Nora Ephron
Added to basket
Hellraisers
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Goddess
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Film in Five Seconds
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.