The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded

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Wanda Strauven
Amsterdam University Press, 2006 - Всего страниц: 460
Twenty years ago, noted film scholars Tom Gunning and André Gaudreault introduced the phrase “cinema of attractions” to describe the essential qualities of films made in the medium’s earliest days, those produced between 1895 and 1906. Now, The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded critically examines the term and its subsequent wide-ranging use in film studies.
            The collection opens with a history of the term, tracing the collaboration between Gaudreault and Gunning, the genesis of the term in their attempts to explain the spectacular effects of motion that lay at the heart of early cinema, and the pair’s debts to Sergei Eisenstein and others. This reconstruction is followed by a look at applications of the term to more recent film productions, from the works of the Wachowski brothers to virtual reality and video games.
            With essays by an impressive collection of international film scholars—and featuring contributions by Gunning and Gaudreault as well—The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded will be necessary reading for all scholars of early film and its continuing influence.
 

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Acknowledgments
9
Audiences and Attractions
12
How They Came into the World
31
A Rational Reconstruction of The Cinema of Attractions
41
The Cinema of Attractions as Dispositif
57
Spectacle Attractions and Visual Pleasure
71
From Primitive Cinema to KineAttractography
85
From Primitive Cinema to Marvelous
105
AvantGarde Exhibition Practice in the 1920s
265
The Associational Attractions of the Musical
281
Relationship of Actor and Filmed Subject
291
New Laws of Attraction
309
Between Still and Moving Images
321
Cutting to the Quick Techne Physis and Poiesis and the Attractions
337
Gag Spectacle and Narrative in Slapstick Comedy
355
Early Cinema as a Challenge to Film History
365

Obsessions with the Vision Machine
121
Dance as Attraction in Early Film Culture
139
Spectatorship
159
The Lecturer and the Attraction
181
Style and Spectatorship in Transitional Cinema
193
The Rube Film between Attractions
205
Attraction Practices through History
225
Lumière the Train and the AvantGarde
245
Early Film Its Spectator
381
Cinema of Attractions and Narrativity
389
Notes on Contributors
417
Index of Names
435
Index of Film Titles
445
Index of Subjects
451
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Wanda Strauven is assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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