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ISBN-10: 0231134037
ISBN-13: 9780231134033
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 09/22/2015
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 0.70" H

The Shape of Spectatorship: Art, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany

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Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern spectatorship. Focusing on the nontheatrical use of motion picture technology in Germany between the 1890s and World War I, he follows researchers, teachers, and intellectuals as they negotiated the fascinating, at times fraught relationship between technology, discipline, and expert vision. As these specialists struggled to come to terms with motion pictures, they advanced new ideas of mass spectatorship that continue to affect the way we make and experience film. Staging a brilliant collision between the moving image and scientific or medical observation, visual instruction, and aesthetic contemplation, The Shape of Spectatorship showcases early cinema’s revolutionary impact on society and culture and the challenges the new medium placed on ways of seeing and learning.

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I was invigorated and intrigued by the scholarly rigor, historical acumen, and interdisciplinary incentive of Scott Curtis's book. It brings significant inflections to our understanding of the multiple determinations of early German cinema as well as more generally to the complex relations between film and science.–Eric Rentschler, Harvard University, author of The Use and Abuse of Cinema
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ISBN-10: 0231134037
ISBN-13: 9780231134033
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 09/22/2015
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 0.70" H
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