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Encyclopedia of early cinema [electronic resource] /
edited by Richard Abel.
imprint
Abingdon, Oxon, OX ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2005.
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xxx, 791 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0415234409
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Book
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Abingdon, Oxon, OX ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2005.
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0415234409
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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7905176
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [711]-718) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-06-01:
Abel's Silent Film (1996) and The Sounds of Early Cinema (2001) serve as excellent scholarly resources for the history of filmmaking. This definitive new encyclopedia provides an essential reference tool for a specific formative period in the birth of cinema, a 25-year period that spans the turn of the 20th century. Abel covers pre-cinema techniques and trends, as well as the effect of other forms of mass culture on the slow formation of early cinema as an art form. Featuring more than 1,000 entries, Abel's volume has a comprehensive index and, most useful for cinema novices, a thematic entry list; this makes researching a particular topic simple as it directs users to all related entries. Further assistance is supplied by abundant cross-references in each entry. An extensive general bibliography is supplemented by lists of further readings at the end of each entry. This work represents a long-awaited accumulation of knowledge on the international emergence of cinema. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All reference collections. T. Scime Amherst Museum
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-04-15:
For the purposes of this work, "early" cinema is defined as the period from the mid-1890s to the 1910s, although some entries cover earlier and later years. The scope is international, with some attention being paid-however briefly-to the development of cinema throughout the world, including the African colonies of the great powers. Editor Abel (film studies, Univ. of Michigan) presents nearly 1000 alphabetically arranged entries written by experts from the United States and Europe; a useful thematic index draws similar topics and concepts together, among them "Cultural Contexts" (e.g., advertising, modes of reception, world's fairs), audiences/spectatorship, "Social Contexts" (e.g., imperialism, race), technology, developments in film style, and the topic with the largest number of entries, key figures of the various national cinemas (e.g., Sarah Bernhardt). It is the latter category that may be the most problematic. While there is admirable breadth (numerous people who are all but forgotten today), most of the entries are so short as to be mentions, and some significant figures are omitted altogether. Bottom Line Like many ambitious works, this one perhaps tries to cover too much. Numerous topics, e.g., moving picture fiction and World War I, are material for entire books. Given these caveats, however, Abel and his large team have produced a considerable and distinctive contribution to an often little-known period of film history. Recommended for larger cinema collections.-Roy Liebman, formerly with California State Univ., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'A unique reference that will be welcomed by serious students of film history. It is a fascinating story and this reference will help students and other interested readers explore its full scope.'- Against the Grain 'This definitive new encyclopedia provides an essential reference tool...This work represents a long-awaited accumulation of knowledge on the international emergence of cinema. Highly recommended for all reference collections.'- Choice 'It's a great pleasure to report that such an Encyclopediahas now been published, and that the job has been uncommonly well done ... both for the newcomer and for the specialist, the Encyclopedia of Early Cinemais highly recommended ... this is a book that deserves a place on virtually any film enthusiast's bookshelf.'- Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
In this major A-Z work, "early cinema" refers to the first 25 years of cinema's development, from the early 1890s to the middle 1910s. The Encyclopedia presents a wealth of information on early cinema history, with coverage of the techniques and equipment of film production, profiles of the pioneering directors and producers, analysis of individual films and the rapid growth of distinct film genres, and the emergence of something the world had never seen before-the movie star. In addition, the work also focuses on how the nature of film exhibition changed as the industry grew, and how the public's reception to films also changed. The pre-cinema period is closely examined to show those mass-cultural forms and practices-such as music hall and vaudeville-from within which cinema was to emerge. The Encyclopedia reveals that early cinema was inextricably bound up with other forms and practices of mass culture, that it emerged as a combination of existing and innovative elements, and that it was an unusually hybrid medium that only gradually coalesced into something more or less distinct.
Short Annotation
The Encyclopedia presents more than 1,000 entries on the basic trajectory of early cinema history, with coverage of film production, filmmakers, film genres, and individual films.
Main Description
This encyclopedia presents a wealth of information on early cinema history, with coverage of the techniques and equipment of film production, profiles of the pioneering directors and producers, analysis of individual films and the rapid growth of distinct film genres, and the emergence of something the world had never seen before - the movie star. The work also focuses on how the nature of film exhibition changed as the industry grew, and how the public's reception to films also changed. The pre-cinema period is closely examined to show those mass-cultural forms and practices - such as music hall and vaudeville - from within which cinema was to emerge. A perfect companion for any student of early cinema and film studies.
Main Description
In this major A-Z work, 'early cinema' refers to the first 20 or 25 years of the cinema's emergence at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, that is from the early 1890s to the middle 1910s. Coverage of the pre-cinema period is also given in order to describe not only the apparatuses (and their inventors) on the basis of which cinema would develop, but also those mass-cultural forms and practices within which cinema was to emerge. With nearly 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia presents information on the basic trajectory of early cinema history, with coverage of film production, filmmakers, film genres, and individual films; in addition, a major task of the work is to present information from the revisionist history of early cinema, with its focus on the changing nature of film exhibition and the changing patterns of reception. The Encyclopedia reveals that early cinema was inextricably bound up with other forms and practices of mass culture, that it emerged as acombination of existing and innovative elements, and that it was an unusually hybrid medium that only gradually coalesced into something more or less distinct.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this major A-Z work, 'early cinema' refers to the first 20 or 25 years of the cinema's emergence from the early 1890s to the middle 1910s. It presents information on the basic trajectory of early cinema history, with coverage of film production, filmmakers, film genres, and individual films.
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This encyclopeida presents a wealth of information on early cinema history, with coverage of the techniques and equipment of film production, profiles of the pioneering directors and producers, analysis of individual films and the rapid growth of distinct film genres, and the emergence of something the world had never seen before - the movie star.The work also focuses on how the nature of film exhibition changed as the industry grew, and how the public's reception to films also changed. The pre-cinema period is closely examined to show those mass-cultural forms and practices - such as music hall and vaudeville - from within which cinema was to emerge.A perfect companion for any student of early cinema and film studies.
Table of Contents
Access
Acres, Birt
Acting styles
Actualits
Addams, Jane
Advertising
Advertising films
Africa, Belgian
Africa, French
Africa, German colonies
Agence cinmatographique gnrale
Agence Gnrale Cinmatographique (AGC)
AGFA
Aiken, Harry
Aikens, Fred C.
Airdomes
AKGT/PAGU
Alberini, Filoteo
Alpha Trading Company
Altenloh, Emilie
Alva Brothers
Amateur films
Ambrosio, Arturo
American Biograph (France)
American Film Co
American Mutoscope and Biograph
Amet, Edward
Amplifiers
Amusement parks
Anderson, G. M.
Andrani, Andr
Andreyor, Yvette
Andriot, (Camille-) Josette
Animal pictures
Animation
Ankerstjerne, Johan
Anschutz, Ottomar
Aquila
Archaeology of cinema/pre-cinema
Arche, Alto
Archives
Argentina
ArguilliTre, Alexandre
Armat, Thomas
Arnaud, Etienne
Asia Film Co
Atelier Apollo
Aubert, Etablissements L.
Aubert, Louis
Audience: issues and debates
Aurora Cinema
Australasian Films
Australia
Austro-Hungarian Empire
Authentication
Autorenfilm
Baggott, King
Bakshy, Alexander
Balaban, Barney & A. J.
Balkans, the (including Greece)
Balshoffer, Fred
Bamforth
Barcin=grafo
Barker Film
Barker Motion Photography
Barker, Will
Barnes, Justin D.
Baron, Auguste
Bartling, Georg
Bassermann, Albert
Bauer, Evgenii
Baumann, Charles
Becce, Giuseppe
Becerril, Guillermo
Bedding, Thomas
Belge Cinma SA (Path)
Belgium
Belot, Charles
Beno"t-Lvy, Edmond
Benshi
Bergqvist, John
Bernard, Ferdinand Bon
Bernhardt, Sarah
Berst, J. A.
Bertini, Francesca
Bhatvedekar, Harishchandra
Bianchi, Joseph T.
Biblical films
Billboard
Binger, Maurits Herman
Biograph
Biorama
Bioscope (British trade journal)
Bioscope Company of Canada
Bitzer, Billy
Black cinema, USA
Blackton, J. Stuart
Blair Film Company (USA)
Blom, August
Boggs, Francis
Bolivia
Bolten-Baeckers, Heinrich
Bonine, Robert
Bonnard, Mario
Borelli, Lyda
Bos, Annie
Bosetti, Romeo
Bosworth, Hobart
Bourbon, Ernest
Bouregois, Grard
Boxing films
Brazil
Breteaux
Brzillon, Lon
British & Colonial Kinematograph (B & C)
British Gaumont
British Mutoscope and Biograph
British Pathe London
Broncho Film Co
Brown, Theodore
Brulator, Jules
Buckwalter, H. H.
Bull, Lucien
Bullock, William
Bunny, John
Bunzli, Victor
Burguet, Charles
Burlingham, Frederick
Bush, W. Stephen
Bushman, Francis K.
Bussenius, Gabriela
Butcher's Film Service
Cabanne, William Christie
Caesar
Caf-concerts, France
Cairo, Humberto
Calcina
Calmettes, Andr
Cambodia
Camera movement
Camera, distance and angle
Camera: Casler & Co. Biograph 70mm
Camera: Newman & Sinclair Reflex
Cameras: Aeroscope
Cameras: Bell & Howell Studio
Cameras: Biograph
Cameras: Debris
Cameras: Edison Kinetograph camera
Cameras: Gaumont
Cameras: Path
Canada
Canudo, Ricciotto
Capellani, Albert
Capellani, Paul
Capitalism, USA
Capozzi, Alberto
Carl, Rene
Carpentier, Jules
Carr, Michel
Caserini, Mario
Cassaus, Jose E.
Castillo, Louis
Caucasus region
Celio celluloid film stock development
Centaur/Nestor
Chaplin, Charles
Chardynin, Petr
Charles Urban Trading Company
Chase films
Chautard, Emile
Chautauquas
Cheetham, Arthur
Chernova, Nina
Chicago Film Exchange
Chile
China
Chom=n, Segundo de
Christensen, Benjamin
Chronochrome Gaumont
Chronophone
Chronophotography
Churches as exhibition venues
Cin-Journal
Cinema
Cinema circuits or chains
Cinma du peuple, Le
Cinma et l'Echo du cinma, Le
Cinema of attractions
Cinema, The
Cinematografia Italiana ed Estera, La
Cins
Cino-Fono, La
Clarendon Film Company
Classical Hollywood cinema
Clement, Josephine
Clement-Maurice
Cline, Eugene
Clune, William
Codina, J. M.
Cohl, Emile
Coissac, Guillaume-Michel
Collections
Collier, John
Collins, Alf
Collo, Alberto
Colombia
Colonialism: Europe
Color
Comandon, Jean
Comedies
Comerio
Comic series
Comic strips
Comica
Commerical Press Motion Picture Department
Communication
Compagnie des Cinma Halls
Concerts
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