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Living pictures [electronic resource] : the origins of the movies / Deac Rossell.

By: Rossell, Deac, 1944-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: SUNY series, cultural studies in cinema/video: Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c1998Description: 1 online resource (xii, 188 p.) : ill.ISBN: 058506234X (electronic bk.); 9780585062341 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Cinematography -- History | PHOTOGRAPHY -- Techniques -- Cinematography & Videography | ART -- Film & Video | Electronic booksGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Living pictures.DDC classification: 778.5/3/09 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Moving Image in the Nineteenth Century -- Ch. 3. Approaching Cinema: The Chronophotographers -- Ch. 4. The Search for a Material: The Development of Celluloid -- Ch. 5. Shaping the Future: Thomas Alva Edison and the Kinetoscope -- Ch. 6. Seeking an Answer: Out of the Lantern Tradition -- Ch. 7. Multiple Questions: The Many Cinemas of 1896-1900.
Summary: This is the first book in English in nearly half a century to tell the full story of the international development of the first films, the origins of celluloid itself, the background of magic lantern shows (which were the first home of the movies), and the social influences on movie inventors and their chosen technologies. Living Pictures takes a new look at the international origins of moving pictures and examines the many solutions posed by Thomas Edison in America, the Lumiere brothers in France, Robert Paul in England, and Max Skladanowsky in Germany, among many other pioneering figures. Using concepts drawn from recent work in the sociology of the history of technology, Living Pictures places the invention of the movies firmly in the context of late nineteenth-century entertainment and explains clearly the motivations and accomplishments of the inventors in both America and Europe who brought the first movies to astounded audiences in 1895 and 1896.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-178) and index.

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Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Moving Image in the Nineteenth Century -- Ch. 3. Approaching Cinema: The Chronophotographers -- Ch. 4. The Search for a Material: The Development of Celluloid -- Ch. 5. Shaping the Future: Thomas Alva Edison and the Kinetoscope -- Ch. 6. Seeking an Answer: Out of the Lantern Tradition -- Ch. 7. Multiple Questions: The Many Cinemas of 1896-1900.

This is the first book in English in nearly half a century to tell the full story of the international development of the first films, the origins of celluloid itself, the background of magic lantern shows (which were the first home of the movies), and the social influences on movie inventors and their chosen technologies. Living Pictures takes a new look at the international origins of moving pictures and examines the many solutions posed by Thomas Edison in America, the Lumiere brothers in France, Robert Paul in England, and Max Skladanowsky in Germany, among many other pioneering figures. Using concepts drawn from recent work in the sociology of the history of technology, Living Pictures places the invention of the movies firmly in the context of late nineteenth-century entertainment and explains clearly the motivations and accomplishments of the inventors in both America and Europe who brought the first movies to astounded audiences in 1895 and 1896.

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