Body Shots: Early Cinemas Incarnations

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This original and compelling book places the body at the center of cinema's first decade of emergence and challenges the idea that for early audiences, the. “Body Shots is a provocative and compelling account of the centrality of corporeal movement and stillness to early cinema. Auerbach puts theory and history into.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Marta Braun bio Body Shots: University of California Press, Between and , cinema became the medium we know today, fashioning character-driven narratives that unfold in a spatial and temporal continuity created by editing, for spectators who sit in silence in movie theaters.

Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations

The development of the fully formed narrative film and the complex technological, formal, and historical processes that contributed to its formation [End Page ] are the substance of early cinema history. Two theories came under scrutiny: Scholars began to look again at the characteristics of this new medium before its conventions had become entrenched.

The resulting new theories of rupture brought to light the disjunction between the very first films and the later dominant style. Building on Gunning, other writers aligned the experience of the concatenation of images that made up early films—at first not more than a minute long—to the late-nineteenth-century urban visual experience of posters, electric illumination, and department stores: This original and compelling book places the body at the center of cinema's first decade of emergence and challenges the idea that for early audiences, the new medium's fascination rested on visual spectacle for its own sake.

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Instead, as Jonathan Auerbach argues, it was the human form in motion that most profoundly shaped early cinema. The result is a sharp, unique, and groundbreaking way to consider the turn-of-the-twentieth-century American incarnation of cinema itself.

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