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The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950s

Robert Miklitsch

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040689
eISBN:
9780252099120
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040689.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Given that 1955, the dead center of “the Fifties,” was the year in which RKO, the “house of noir,” was sold to Desilu Studios, the home of I Love Lucy, it would appear on the face of things that ... More


Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Harper Cossar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When widescreen technology was introduced to filmmaking in 1953, it changed the visual framework and aesthetic qualities of cinema forever. Before widescreen, a director's vision for capturing ... More


Introduction: “Snakes and Funerals”

Harper Cossar

in Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book examines the differences between Academy ratio and widescreen films through selected case studies. The underlying assumption is that widescreen's aesthetic history can be examined as ... More


D. W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Abel Gance, and the Precursors of Widescreen Aesthetics

Harper Cossar

in Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on stylistic choices that can be read as forerunners of wide film poetics. It examines experimentation in the silent era with widescreen aesthetics by auteurs deploying certain ... More


The Big Trail, The Bat Whispers, and the “Invention” of Widescreen Style in 1930

Harper Cossar

in Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter highlights two unique wide films produced in the early sound era. Both The Big Trail and The Bat Whispers were shot in widescreen and Academy ratio simultaneously. Certainly an important ... More


Emerging Stylistic Norms in CinemaScope: Genre and Authorship in the Films of Otto Preminger, Nicholas Ray, Frank Tashlin, and Douglas Sirk

Harper Cossar

in Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the auteurist films of the 1950s and determines what norms emerged in light of the new aesthetic challenges that widescreen presented. The 20th Century Fox debuted CinemaScope ... More


Experiments, 1968, and the Fractured Screen

Harper Cossar

in Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter is an analysis of non-normative filmic uses of the wide frame. These examples focus on ruptures foregrounded as subject. Ruptures occur in wide films when the unique attributes of the ... More


Conclusion

Harper Cossar

in Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The goal of this project was twofold: to expand the widescreen literature in useful ways, and to address and enumerate specific aesthetic differences between widescreen and Academy ratio texts. By ... More


Cinematic Spectacles and the Rise of the Independents

Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich, and Sharon Monteith

in Film Histories: An Introduction and Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619061
eISBN:
9780748670888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619061.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the advent of the new age of television and a refining of the cinematic experience in the 1950s. As television began to take off outside the studios' control, audiences for ... More


Through America’s Eyes: Cinerama and the Cold War

Rebecca Prime

in Cinema's Military Industrial Complex

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520291508
eISBN:
9780520965263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520291508.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter, by Rebecca Prime, unearths the political and ideological dimensions of the widescreen technology of Cinerama. Reinserting Cinerama in its Cold War historical context, this chapter ... More


Introduction: Coming Attractions, or The Particulars

Robert Miklitsch

in The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950s

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040689
eISBN:
9780252099120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040689.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction offers a fresh, animated take on the various films as well as the macro themes (anticommunism, the atomic or nuclear bomb, new media and technologies such as TV and 3-D, color and ... More


Noir En Couleur: Color and Widescreen

Robert Miklitsch

in The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950s

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040689
eISBN:
9780252099120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040689.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The decline of American film noir is historically coincident with the advent of the “red menace” and the “blacklist” as well as the transformation of the motion picture industry occasioned by new ... More


Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies

Ariel Rogers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159173
eISBN:
9780231535786
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159173.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book looks at the effect of technological innovation on the cinema experience, specifically the introduction of widescreen and stereoscopic 3D systems in the 1950s, the rise of digital cinema in ... More


Widescreen

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses Grant Morrison’s participation in the 1990s in the resurgence of the superhero comics. Morrison was said to have pioneered the “widescreen” approach, which featured ... More


A Wider Audience: Robert Rauschenberg, the White Paintings and CinemaScope

Stephen Monteiro

in Screen Presence: Cinema Culture and the Art of Warhol, Rauschenberg, Hatoum and Gordon

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474403375
eISBN:
9781474421881
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403375.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Robert Rauschenberg’s White Paintings have been interpreted as enigmatic “blank slates” that question the meaning of painting and the gallery experience. First shown in New York in 1953, at the same ... More


“Smothered in Baked Alaska”: The Anxious Appeal of Widescreen Cinema

Ariel Rogers

in Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159173
eISBN:
9780231535786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159173.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that widescreen cinema enabled the close contact between the viewers and the film spectacle, including the spectacle of technologically enhanced screen bodies. Publicity and ... More


Points of Convergence: Conceptualizing the Appeal of 3D Cinema Then and Now

Ariel Rogers

in Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159173
eISBN:
9780231535786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159173.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines how the appeal of stereoscopic 3D was formulated in conjunction with its periods of popularity in the 1950s and its reappearance in 2005. The recent reemergence of 3D offers a ... More


Introduction: Moving Machines

Ariel Rogers

in Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159173
eISBN:
9780231535786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159173.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book examines how the concepts used to describe and evaluate cinematic experience, such as realism and embodiment, were mobilized in conjunction with the coming of widescreen and stereoscopic 3D ... More


A Mobile Gaze through Time and Space: Neutralization in the Era of Widescreen, 1950–1960

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

in The Optical Vacuum: Spectatorship and Modernized American Theater Architecture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190689353
eISBN:
9780190689391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190689353.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 3 examines the neutralized cinema in the era of widescreen, from 1950 to 1960. While most histories of widescreen focus on participation, I argue that presence formulated an additional ... More


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