Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema and Popular Science by Oliver Gaycken

By Oliver Gaycken

Devices of Curiosity excavates a principally unknown style of early cinema, the popular-science movie. essentially a piece of cinema background, it additionally attracts at the insights of the heritage of technology. starting round 1903, numerous manufacturers made motion pictures approximately medical issues for normal audiences, encouraged by way of a imaginative and prescient of cinema as an academic medium. This e-book lines the improvement of popular-science movies over the 1st 1/2 the silent period, from its beginnings in England to its flourishing in France round 1910.

Devices of Curiosity additionally considers how popular-science motion pictures exemplify the stream of data. those movies at first relied upon prior traditions reminiscent of the magic-lantern lecture for his or her representational thoughts, and so they consistently had recourse to confirmed visible iconography, yet additionally they created novel visible paradigms and ended in the construction of formidable new movie collections. ultimately, the ebook discerns a transit among nonfictional and fictional modes, seeing affinities among popular-science motion pictures and sure facets of fiction motion pictures, rather Louis Feuillade's crime melodramas. this sort of flow is critical for an knowing of the broader relevance of early popular-science motion pictures, which impacted the formation of the documentary, academic, and avant-garde cinemas.

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