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Learning with the lights off : educational film in the United States /
edited by Devin Orgeron, Marsha Orgeron, and Dan Streible.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
description
xiii, 525 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195383834 (Paper), 9780195383836 (Paper)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
isbn
0195383834 (Paper)
9780195383836 (Paper)
catalogue key
8310700
 
Includes bibliographical references, filmographies, and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Devin Orgeron is Associate Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University and co-editor of The Moving Image, the journal of the Association for Moving Image Archivists. He is the author of Road Movies. Marsha Orgeron is Associate Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University. She is the co-editor of The Moving Image and the author of Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age. Dan Streible teaches cinema studies at New York University, where he is also Associate Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. He directs the Orphan Film Project and its biennial symposium. He is the author of Fight Pictures: A History of Boxing and Early Cinema.
Reviews
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"Learning with the Lights Offtakes on a broad but remarkably understudied area of film history with zest and depth. In exploring film's educational mission-both real and imagined-each essay in this extraordinary collection gives new insight and meaning to the 'discourse of sobriety' which scholars of nonfiction such as Bill Nichols have seen as its keystone feature. This is a rich and textured investigation that will expand scholarly focus from 'the documentary' to the 'nonfiction film,' which includes such categories as the industrial, instructional, and informational program."--Charles Musser, Yale University
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Learning With the Lights Off' is the first collection of essays to address the phenomenon of film's educational uses in 20th-century America. Each essay analyzes in close detail some crucial aspect of educational film history, ranging from case studies of films and filmmakers to analyses of genres and broader historical assessments.
Long Description
Learning With the Lights Off is the first collection of essays to address the phenomenon of film's educational uses in twentieth century America. Nontheatrical films in general and educational films in particular represent an exciting new area of inquiry in media and cultural studies. This collection illuminates a vastly influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people around the world. The essays reveal significant insights into film's powerful role in twentiethcentury American culture as a medium of instruction and guidance. The book features an ambitious introductory overview of educational film practices that provides readers with a sense of how important a role film has played in producing knowledge in America both inside the classroom and out. Each essay analyzes in close detail some crucial aspect of educational film history, ranging from case studies of films and filmmakers, to analyses of genres, to broader historical assessments. Offering links to many of the films under discussion at the Internet Archive,readers will be able to easily watch for themselves many of the films studied within the book's pages. Learning With the Lights Off is both reader and classroom friendly, affording new opportunities for studying these often hard-to-find films.
Main Description
A vastly influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people, educational films provide a catalog of twentieth century preoccupations and values. As a medium of instruction and guidance, they held a powerful cultural position, producing knowledge both inside and outside the classroom. This is the first collection of essays to address this vital phenomenon. The book provides an ambitious overview of educational film practices, while each essay analyzes a crucial aspect of educational film history, ranging from case studies of films and filmmakers to broader generic and historical assessments. Offering links to many of the films,Learning With the Lights Offprovides readers the context and access needed to develop a sophisticated understanding of, and a new appreciation for, a much overlooked film legacy.
Main Description
Learning With the Lights Off is the first collection of essays to address the phenomenon of film's educational uses in twentieth century America. Nontheatrical films in general and educational films in particular represent an exciting new area of inquiry in media and cultural studies. Thiscollection illuminates a vastly influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people around the world. The essays reveal significant insights into film's powerful role in twentieth century American culture as a medium of instruction and guidance. The book features an ambitious introductory overview of educational film practices that provides readers with a sense of how important a role film has played in producing knowledge in America both inside the classroom and out. Each essay analyzes in close detail some crucial aspect of educationalfilm history, ranging from case studies of films and filmmakers, to analyses of genres, to broader historical assessments. Offering links to many of the films under discussion at the Internet Archive, readers will be able to easily watch for themselves many of the films studied within the book'spages. Learning With the Lights Off is both reader and classroom friendly, affording new opportunities for studying these often hard-to-find films.
Main Description
Learning With the Lights Offis the first collection of essays to address the phenomenon of film's educational uses in twentieth century America. Nontheatrical films in general and educational films in particular represent an exciting new area of inquiry in media and cultural studies. This collection illuminates a vastly influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people around the world. The essays reveal significant insights into film's powerful role in twentieth century American culture as a medium of instruction and guidance. The book features an ambitious introductory overview of educational film practices that provides readers with a sense of how important a role film has played in producing knowledge in America both inside the classroom and out. Each essay analyzes in close detail some crucial aspect of educational film history, ranging from case studies of films and filmmakers, to analyses of genres, to broader historical assessments. Offering links to many of the films under discussion at the Internet Archive, readers will be able to easily watch for themselves many of the films studied within the book's pages.Learning With the Lights Offis both reader and classroom friendly, affording new opportunities for studying these often hard-to-find films.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
About the Companion Websitep. vii
Introductionp. 3
A History of Learning with the Lights Offp. 15
The Cinema of the Future: Visions of the Medium as Modern Educator, 1895-1910p. 67
Communicating Disease: Tuberculosis, Narrative, and Social Order in Thomas Edison's Red Cross Seal Filmsp. 90
Visualizing Industrial Citizenship Lee Grievesonp. 107
Film Education in the Natural History Museum: Cinema Lights Up the Gallery in the 1920sp. 114
Glimpses of Animal Life: Nature Films and the Emergence of Classroom Cinemap. 145
Medical Education through Film: Animating Anatomy at the American College of Surgeons and Eastman Kodakp. 168
Dr. Erpi Finds His Voice: Electrical Research Products, Inc. and the Educational Film Market, 1917-1937p. 193
Educational Film Projects of the 1930s: Secrets of Success and the Human Relations Film Seriesp. 215
"An Indirect Influence upon Industry": Rockefeller Philanthropies and the Development of Educational Film in the United States, 1935-1953p. 230
Cornering The Wheat Farmer (1938)p. 249
The Failure of the NYU Educational Film Institutep. 271
Spreading the Word: Race, Religion, and the Rhetoric of Contagion in Edgar G. Ulmers TB Filmsp. 295
Exploitation as Educationp. 316
Smoothing the Contours of Didacticism: Jam Handy and His Organizationp. 338
Museum at Large: Aesthetic Education through Filmp. 356
Celluloid Classrooms and Everyday Projectionists: Post-World War II Consolidation of Community Film Activismp. 377
Screen Culture and Group Discussion in Postwar Race Relationsp. 397
"A Decent and Orderly Society": Race Relations in Riot-Era Educational Films, 1966-1970p. 424
Everything Old is New Again; or, Why I Collect Educational Filmsp. 442
Continuing Ed: Educational Film Collections in Libraries and Archivesp. 457
A Select Guide to Educational Film Collectionsp. 478
Contributorsp. 495
Indexp. 499
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