Film and Attraction. From Kinematography to Cinema [Cinéma et attraction]

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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. André Gaudreault argues that Edison and the Lumières 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-siècle 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 Méliès’ rich oeuvre and includes a new, unabridged translation of Méliès’ famous 1907 text “Kinematographic Views.” A foreword by Rick Altman stresses the relevance of Gaudreault’s concerns to Anglophone film scholarship.

This content has been updated on 23 July 2018 at 23 h 02 min.