Mario Slugan & Daniël Biltereyst (eds), New Perspectives on Early Cinema History: Concepts, Approaches, Audiences (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022)

In this book, editors Mario Slugan and Daniël Biltereyst present a theoretical reconceptualization of early cinema. To do so, they highlight the latest methods and tools for analysis, and cast new light on the experience of early cinema through the application of these concepts and…

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André Gaudreault & Laurent Le Forestier, De l’assemblage au montage cinématographique. Instauration et standardisation d’une pratique (PUM, 2022)

Using a technically oriented approach, focusing as much on the tools and gestures as on the accompanying discourses, this book aims to show how a series of assembling operations ended up constituting an autonomous phase of the post-production process of so-called silent films. Scattered both…

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Rémy Campos, Alain Carou, Aurélien Poidevin (eds), De la scène à la pellicule: Théâtre, musique et cinéma autour de 1900 (L’œil d’or: 2021)

At the beginning of the 20th century, the emerging cinema had a close relationship with live performance. The processes of theater, opera, fairy tale, ballet or café-concert were used in the shooting theaters, the ancestors of film sets. The artists and technicians who built the…

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Priska Morrissey, Les As de la manivelle. Le métier d’opérateur de prise de vues cinématographiques en France (1895-1930) (AFRHC, 2021)

“Crank turners”, “Aces of the crank”, “Coffee mill turners”: so many expressions that refer to the profession of film camera operator, which this book aims to retrace the unpublished history. What were the possibilities of existence of this profession? What concrete tasks was the operator…

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Matthew Solomon: Méliès Boots. Footwear and Film Manufacturing in Second Industrial Revolution Paris

Before he became an influential cinematic innovator, Georges Méliès (1861–1938) was a maker of deluxe French footwear, an illusionist, and a caricaturist. Proceeding from these beginnings, Méliès Boots traces how the full trajectory of Georges Méliès’ career during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, along with…

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Enfin le cinéma ! Exhibition catalogue

Cover_book enfin le cinema

Like the exhibition it accompanies, the catalogue “Cinema at last!” brings together the French film production of the years 1895-1907 with the history of the arts, from the invention of photography to the first years of the 20th century, through a number of major subjects:…

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Joanne Bernardi, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Tami Williams and Joshua Yumibe (ed), Provenance and Early Cinema (IUP 2021)

Cover for Provenance and Early Cinema

The 2018 Rochester Conference Committee and the Domitor EC are very happy to announce that the 2018 conference proceedings, Provenance and Early Cinema, published by Indiana University Press is now available! We would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the…

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Ian Christie, Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and Time Traveller: Robert Paul and the Invention of Cinema (with ILYA, graphic novel)

The early years of film were dominated by competition between inventors in America and France, especially Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers . But while these have generally been considered the foremost pioneers of film, they were not the only crucial figures in its inception.…

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Doron Galili, Seeing by Electricity: The Emergence of Television, 1878-1939 (Duke University Press, 2020)

Already in the late nineteenth century, electricians, physicists, and telegraph technicians dreamed of inventing televisual communication apparatuses that would “see” by electricity as a means of extending human perception. In Seeing by Electricity Doron Galili traces the early history of television, from fantastical image transmission…

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