Establishing 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 not 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.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"Thoughtful and provocative."--Philip French, Times Literary Supplement
"This work could indeed help rewrite the history of 'early cinema.' Highly recommended."--Choice
"A tour de force. The many historical references to specific uses of cinematic terms that are summoned by the author is impressive and can be accomplished only by a scholar with long and substantial experience working in the field. Books on film historiography as insightful, substantial, and concise as this one are rare."--Charles O'Brien, author of Cinema's Conversion to Sound: Technology and Film Style in France and the U.S.