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Early Film Theories in Italy, 1896-1922

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ISBN: 9789089648556 9789048527106 Year: DOI: 10.5117/9789089648556 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts
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This collection is the first to bring together scholars to explore the ways in which various people and groups in Italian society reacted to the advent of cinema. Looking at the responses of writers, scholars, clergymen, psychologists, philosophers, members of parliament, and more, the pieces collected here from that period show how Italians developed a common language to describe and discuss this invention that quickly exceeded all expectations and transcended existing categories of thought and artistic forms. The result is a close-up picture of a culture in transition, dealing with a 'scandalous' new technology that appeared poised to thoroughly change everyday life.

Screen Genealogies

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Book Series: MediaMatters ISBN: 9789048543953 9789463729000 Year: Pages: 329 DOI: 10.5117/9789463729000 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Media and communication
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Against the grain of the growing literature on screens, *Screen Genealogies* argues that the present excess of screens cannot be understood as an expansion and multiplication of the movie screen nor of the video display. Rather, screens continually exceed the optical histories in which they are most commonly inscribed. As contemporary screens become increasingly decomposed into a distributed field of technologically interconnected surfaces and interfaces, we more readily recognize the deeper spatial and environmental interventions that have long been a property of screens. For most of its history, a screen was a filter, a divide, a shelter, or a camouflage. A genealogy stressing transformation and descent rather than origins and roots emphasizes a deeper set of intersecting and competing definitions of the screen, enabling new thinking about what the screen might yet become.

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