Cinema's Conversion to Sound
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Cinema's Conversion to Sound : Technology and Film Style in France and the U.S.

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The conversion to sound cinema is routinely portrayed as a homogenizing process that significantly reduced the cinema's diversity of film styles and practices. Cinema's Conversion to Sound offers an alternative assessment of synchronous sound's impact on world cinema through a shift in critical focus: in contrast to film studies' traditional exclusive concern with the film image, the book investigates national differences in sound-image practice in a revised account of the global changeover from silent to sound cinema. Extending beyond recent Hollywood cinema, Charles O'Brien undertakes a geo-historical inquiry into sound technology's diffusion across national borders. Through an analysis that juxtaposes French and American filmmaking, he reveals the aesthetic consequences of fundamental national differences in how sound technologies were understood. Whereas the emphasis in 1930s Hollywood was on sound's intelligibility within a film's story-world, the stress in French filmmaking was on sound's fidelity as reproduction of the event staged for recording.show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 14mm | 358.34g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 24 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253217202
  • 9780253217202
  • 898,246

About Charles O'Brien

Charles O'Brien is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is co-translator (with Nell Andrew) of Francesco Casetti's Inside the Gaze: The Fiction Film and Its Spectator (IUP, 1998).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: National Cinema after Recorded Sound1. Sound's Impact on Film Style: The Case for Homogenization2. Film History after Recorded Sound: From Crisis to Continuity3. The Talkies in France: Imported Films as Exemplars4. Sound-Era Film Editing: International Norms, Local Commitments5. Shooting and Recording in Paris and Hollywood6. Hollywood Indigenized: Pathe-Natan and National Popular CinemaConclusion: Sound and National Film Style-Past and PresentNotesFilmography: French Films, 19301933Indexshow more

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