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The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Alice Maurice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678044
eISBN:
9781452948256
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Focusing on American cinema, The Cinema and Its Shadow argues that “race” has defined and supplemented the cinematic apparatus since the earliest motion pictures, and especially at times of ... More


Embodying Cinema

Alice Maurice

in The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678044
eISBN:
9781452948256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The book argues that “race” informed the development of American cinema in fundamental ways. In particular, the book demonstrates how the rhetoric of race difference helped to show off and shore up ... More


Performing Body, Performing Image: Race and the Boundaries of Early Cinematic Narrative

Alice Maurice

in The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678044
eISBN:
9781452948256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the first chapter I look at how “race” helped early motion pictures make narratives out of (almost) nothing. Beginning with films that depict the cinematic apparatus (usually through analogies to ... More


Face, Race, and Screen: Close-ups and the Transition to the Feature Film

Alice Maurice

in The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678044
eISBN:
9781452948256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the second chapter, I discuss debates about the close-up—focusing on both the discourse surrounding the close-up in the latter part of cinema’s transitional era as well as on contemporary ... More


Recasting Shadows: Race, Image, and Audience

Alice Maurice

in The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678044
eISBN:
9781452948256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In chapter three, I explore how the “Oriental” stereotype and the nostalgia for cinema’s origins come together to figure the power of the screen image and to solidify group identity: to create ... More


“Cinema at Its Source”: Synchronizing Race and Sound in the Early Talkies

Alice Maurice

in The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678044
eISBN:
9781452948256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In chapter four, we see how the discourse surrounding the early talkies relied on the “black voice” to once again unite shadow and substance at a moment of technological vulnerability—when audiences ... More


Red, White, And blue : Digital Cinema, Race, and Avatar

Alice Maurice

in The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678044
eISBN:
9781452948256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The story of cinema, especially as it has been told in film studies and film theory, is one in which what is severed is fantasmatically put back together. In a medium defined by fundamental absences ... More


The Shadow of Doubt and the Menace of Surveillance

Kathleen Battles

in Calling All Cars: Radio Dragnets and the Technology of Policing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816649136
eISBN:
9781452945996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

This chapter deals with the different challenges faced by the pro-police philosophy of radio crime docudramas. These programs sometimes counteract the model they are constructing; for instance, ... More


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