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Apprehending Human Voice in the “Silent Cinema”

Julie Brown (ed.)

in Voicing the Cinema: Film Music and the Integrated Soundtrack

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252043000
eISBN:
9780252051869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043000.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the silent cinema there was no soundtrack, nor indeed sonic accompaniment that was consistently applied to particular moving pictures in their various exhibition spaces. Least of all was there an ... More


The Translation of Films, 1900-1950

Carol O'Sullivan and Jean-François Cornu (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266434
eISBN:
9780191884191
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266434.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This rich collection of essays by film historians, translation scholars, archivists, and curators presents film translation history as an exciting and timely area of research. It builds on the last ... More


Radical Cinema

Lara Feigel

in Literature, Cinema and Politics 1930-1945: Reading Between the Frames

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639502
eISBN:
9780748652938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639502.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter describes some of the cinematic techniques or aspects of the filmic medium itself that are seen as crucial to the 1930s cinematic text. It then moves freely between silent and sound ... More


Studying Early and Silent Cinema

Keith Withall

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733704
eISBN:
9781800342095
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733704.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this introduction to early and silent cinema, which is currently enjoying a renaissance, both academically and in the popular imagination thanks to The Artist, the author provides both a ... More


The Art of Not “Playing to Pictures” in British Cinemas, 1906–1914

Jon Burrows

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199797615
eISBN:
9780199979738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

It is traditionally thought that during the first ten years in which permanent cinemas became established in Britain, the accompaniment to silent films was typically supplied by lone pianists who ... More


Shakespeare and Silent Film

Judith Buchanan

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635238
eISBN:
9780748652297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0026
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter asks for a reappraisal of Shakespeare in his silent film appearances. Beginning with King John, it reports that the films of the period are distinctive for encouraging moments of ... More


The Wider Context

Keith Withall

in Studying Early and Silent Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733704
eISBN:
9781800342095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733704.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the topics of silent film, censorship, and the development of cinematic technology. The roots of all the major film censorship systems lie in the silent era. As such, it helps ... More


Silent landscapes: rural settings, national identity and British silent cinema

Andrew Higson

in British Rural Landscapes on Film

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780719091575
eISBN:
9781526115270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091575.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

From Hepworth’s scenics in the late 1890s and early 1900s to the heritage films of the last couple of decades, the representation of a particular version of traditional, rural England has been ... More


Prologue: What was Silent Cinema?

Keith Withall

in Studying Early and Silent Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733704
eISBN:
9781800342095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733704.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This prologue provides an overview of silent cinema. Our sense of cinema as a site of commercial entertainment can be traced back to the Lumière brothers. In December of 1895, they attracted a ... More


Epilogue: Death and Resurrection

Keith Withall

in Studying Early and Silent Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733704
eISBN:
9781800342095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733704.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This epilogue describes how silent film was not only replaced by sound after 1930, it disappeared. Sadly, this was in many cases literally. The nitrate film stock used in the silent era contained ... More


The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Julie Brown and Annette Davison (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199797615
eISBN:
9780199979738
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

This book explores the sonic dimension of film exhibition in Britain, from the emergence of cinema through to the introduction of synchronized sound. With contributions from many of the acknowledged ... More


Confessions of a film restorer

Thomas C. Christensen

in The Translation of Films, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266434
eISBN:
9780191884191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266434.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When restoring a film, the aim is naturally always to provide the definitive version. However, many factors make this an impossible mission. This chapter draws on actual film archival practice and ... More


“The Emperor of Film”

Richard J. Meyer

in Jin Yan: The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622095861
eISBN:
9789882207080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622095861.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the 1930s, Lianhua studios had the money to make films and had the finest talent in world cinema. Sun Yu, although ill, decided to begin filming Yecao Xianhua (Wild Flower), which he had written, ... More


Intertitles, translation, and subtitling: Major issues for the restoration of silent films

Dominique Moustacchi

in The Translation of Films, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266434
eISBN:
9780191884191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266434.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Restoring films is a major preoccupation of all film archives. Film heritage must not only be preserved, but also given a new life so that it can be shown to the widest possible audience. The aim of ... More


Duvivier’s silent films

Ben McCann

in Julien Duvivier

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719091148
eISBN:
9781526124111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091148.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter will look at Duvivier’s first forays into filmmaking, and chart the development of the Duvivier ‘touch’ over a decade of working in silent film. It will explore the visual aspects of the ... More


Studying Horror Cinema

Bryan Turnock

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325895
eISBN:
9781800342460
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Aimed at teachers and students new to the subject, this book is a comprehensive survey of the genre from silent cinema to its twenty-first century resurgence. Structured as a series of thirteen case ... More


Sound Montage

K. J. Donnelly

in Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199773497
eISBN:
9780199358816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773497.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Montage theory remains at the heart of filmmaking and film studies, although many of its original concerns and insights have perhaps receded from view. Sound montage, theorized with the arrival of ... More


Singing a Song: The Culture and Conventions of Popular Music in the 1920s

Katherine Spring

in Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199842216
eISBN:
9780199369584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842216.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Chapter 1 describes the culture and conventions of mainstream American popular music of the 1920s, a decade during which publishers along the Alley generated song hits through the distribution and ... More


Prologue: Constellations: Past Meets Present in Feminist Film History

Monica Dall’asta and Jane M. Gaines

in Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039683
eISBN:
9780252097775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039683.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This prologue examines overarching issues about women's film history, feminism, and the researching and writing of film history. Foregrounding historiographic problems, it explores the researching ... More


Spectatorship

Pantelis Michelakis

in Greek Tragedy on Screen

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199239078
eISBN:
9780191746840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239078.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers aspects of film spectatorship, focusing on a largely lost silent film entitled The Legend of Oedipus. It argues that the viewing positions that emerge from the film's ... More


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