Making Movies into Art: Picture Craft from the Magic Lantern to Early Hollywood by Kaveh AskariMaking Movies into Art: Picture Craft from the Magic Lantern to Early Hollywood by Kaveh Askari

Making Movies into Art: Picture Craft from the Magic Lantern to Early Hollywood

byKaveh Askari

Paperback | November 11, 2014

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This fascinating study charts the emergence of American cinema, from pre-cinematic entertainment in the 1890s to early Hollywood. Providing valuable new perspectives on the history of film as art, Kaveh Askari explores how these early forms of cinema related to the visual arts, new arts education theories and other social changes of the time.

Kaveh Askari is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Western Washington University, USA. He is the author of numerous articles on early cinema.
Title:Making Movies into Art: Picture Craft from the Magic Lantern to Early HollywoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:182 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.5 inPublished:November 11, 2014Publisher:British Film InstituteLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.- Introduction.- Rewinding art cinema.- Situating cinema among the other arts.- Craft, picture, movement.- Aesthetic appreciation and the modernity of picture craft.- Chapter organization.- 1 Moving-picture Art before Cinema: Alexander Black and the Lyceum    The amateur and the institute   The detective lectures and the instantaneous tableau   From 'the horse in motion' to 'man in motion'  Picture play aesthetics: still pictures as moving pictures  Picture play reception: art cinema without the cinematograph  Conclusion: a history without an invention.- 2 Moving Pictures Imagine the Artist's Studio  The mise en scène of the studio  The moving image jumps the frame  Trilbyana: Transformation and absorption  Lejaren à Hiller's Never-told Tales of a Studio  Triart Picture Company: From Trilbyana to art history  Conclusion: patchwork methods, common goal.- 3 Cinema Composition: The University and the Industry  Picture study: from the art lecture to the film lecture  Movement, contemplation and the 'tableau'  Managing tableaux: the economics of film spectatorship  Beyond the tableau: inscribing movement  Conclusion: moving pictures and new tendencies.- 4 Painting with Human Beings: Maurice Tourneur as Art-film Director  In the atelier of Puvis  Quality films, imported film-makers  The Blue Bird: From The Yellow Book to the yellow press  Conclusion: Tourneur after 1920.- 5 Rex Ingram's Art School Cinema   The oldest art school and the newest art  From exceptional style to cross-media appreciation  Scaramouche, or convergence  Conclusion: the limits of exceptional films Conclusion: Moving Forward from the Slow Movie.- Notes.- Index.

Editorial Reviews

'A major contribution to film history and theory, and film's relation to other media.' - Tom Gunning, University of Chicago, USA'This enterprising work will ultimately transform our understanding of cinema's early artistic tendencies. Kaveh Askari's examination of how film intersected with academia, the lyceum circuit, and the art studio brings to light institutional connections that reveal novel functions for a medium struggling for cultural legitimacy.' - Charlie Keil, University of Toronto, Canada