Living Pictures

Living Pictures : The Origins of the Movies

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 079143768X
  • 9780791437681

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"This book synthesizes multiple histories that constitute the origin of the movies: invention, technology, social history, aesthetics, business, science. In this it is unique. There have been many histories of the beginning of the movies (and, in what is a priceless bibliography, the author lists all of them), but none so far has gone beyond national borders. None has combined European with American contributions, and none has told the story from so many vantage points. I felt that I was finally reading the true story for the first time, told by an author that I could trust." -- Marta Braun, Ryerson Polytechnic University
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About Deac Rossell

Deac Rossell is the former National Special Projects Officer for the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, and former Head of Programme Planning at the National Film Theatre, London. He is currently working on a book on German cinema before 1900.
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