By Wheeler Winston Dixon
The background of foreign cinema is now on hand during this concise, compact and complete publication, illustrated with over three hundred infrequent stills and illustrations.The top one-stop resource for the historical past of worldwide movie out there, it's the tale, accessibly and authoritatively instructed, of the foremost activities and occasions, administrators, stars and studios from the Eighties to the current. The illustrations carry readers nose to nose with the foremost gamers and flicks that experience made this contemporary international background such a thrilling one. The ebook offers complete sweep of cinema and its significant occasions and technological advancements, from the discovery of the kinetoscope, in the course of the advent of sound and color, to the computer-generated imagery of the twenty-first century. This heritage is unique and pleasant in throwing its highlight at the nice filmmakers, on Hollywood, Bollywood and the hot Wave cinemas of england, Europe and South the US, but in addition bringing into the body minority and self reliant movies and filmmakers, ladies filmmakers and the cinemas of constructing international locations that experience so frequently been neglected in histories of cinema.
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This is the beginning of projected motion pictures, arising from a series of stills taken by a number of different cameras, run together rapidly to create the illusion of motion. Another cinematic pioneer, Étienne-Jules Marey, invented what might be considered the ﬁrst truly portable moving picture camera in 1882, a “machine-gun”-styled affair that photographed twelve plates in rapid succession on one disc. In 1888, Marey An early study of the human form by Eadweard Muybridge. qxd 1/15/08 9:27 AM Page 5 the invention of the movies switched to Eastman paper ﬁlm instead of glass plates and was able to record forty images in one burst, using only one camera.
In the ﬁlm’s famous ﬁnal shot, one of the actors aims his gun directly at the audience and ﬁres twice, in a stark and completely disconnected close-up. Running only twelve minutes and containing just fourteen shots, The Great Train Robbery nevertheless represented a signiﬁcant step forward in cinematic grammar. qxd 1/15/08 9:27 AM Page 18 a short history of film Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery (1903) established the conventions of the western genre. bandits); and camera angles that view the action from a variety of vantage points, usually to the left or right of the actors, rather than placing the actors directly in front of the camera.
Porter, two of Edison’s most gifted ﬁlm technicians, who had (brieﬂy) dared to break away from their mentor. But other, more intense battles for supremacy in the new medium lay ahead, as Edison formed the Motion Picture Patents Company in 1908 and attempted to monopolize the cinema trade. From a technical standpoint, even in the late 1890s and early 1900s, the cinema had already begun to experiment with synchronized sound (in the ﬁlms of Alice Guy for Gaumont’s Chronophone, as well as other related processes, which date from the late 1890s) and the use of hand-tinted, or machine-applied, color.
A Short History of Film by Wheeler Winston Dixon