The Sounds of Early Cinema

This is often the 1st ebook committed solely to a bit identified phenomenon: the ever-present presence of sound in early cinema. "Silent cinema" might hardly were silent, however the sheer range of sounds characterizing the 1st two decades of relocating images nonetheless can astonish us, from barkers and ballyhoos to pianists and orchestras. those twenty-five essays hide a large diversity of matters, together with sound practices in construction, sound-related exhibition practices movie track, and the politics of sound reception.

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This is often the 1st ebook committed solely to a bit identified phenomenon: the ever-present presence of sound in early cinema. "Silent cinema" might hardly were silent, however the sheer range of sounds characterizing the 1st two decades of relocating images nonetheless can astonish us, from barkers and ballyhoos to pianists and orchestras. those twenty-five essays hide a large diversity of matters, together with sound practices in construction, sound-related exhibition practices movie track, and the politics of sound reception.

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46. , 166. 47. Conot, 113. 48. Verne, 180. 49. , 182. 50. See the illustration of this illusion in Erik Barnouw, The Magician and the Cinema, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1981), 28. 51. Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Cruel Tales, trans. Robert Baldick (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985), 227. 52. Quoted in Josephson, 172. 53. Quoted in Jacques Deslandes, Histoire comparée du cinéma, vol. 1, De la cinématique au cinématographe 1826–1896 (Paris: Casterman, 1966), 168. 54. Gelatt describes the process by which Barraud’s painting became the Gramophone trademark, 107–109.

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