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In this remarkable new study, the renowned historian and theorist of early cinema turns his attention to the work of Fritz Lang, proposing new readings of the entire output of one of cinema's foremost directors. Gunning examines the films not only as a stylistically coherent body of work, but as an attempt to portray the modern world through cinema. The world of modernity in which systems replace individuals is conveyed by Lange's mastery of cinematic set design, composition, and editing. Lang presents not only a decades-long vision of cinematic narrative that can be compared to that of Alfred Hitchcock or Jean Renoir, but a view of modernity that relates strongly to the ideas of Adorno, Brecht, Benjamin, and Kracauer.

From the sweeping allegorical films of the '20s to the chilly and abstract thrillers of the '50s, Fritz Lang's films, Gunning claims, are among the most precious records of the twentieth century. The Films of Fritz Lang immeasurably enriches our understanding of a great artist who fades away even in being recognized and interpreted, an enigmatic figure at the junction of aesthetics, history, biography and theory.

Synopsis:

This book brings a treasure trove of early color film images into print form so viewers can enjoy, examine and dream over their forgotten splendor. Drawing on the richness of the early film archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the authors have carefully selected and reproduced frames from the original films made before World War I, presenting their fascinating and often surprising images and hues. Digital reproduction allows the capture of these images in a full range of tone and colors.

Synopsis:

We normally think of early film as being black and white, but in truth, the first color cinematography appeared as early as the first decade of the twentieth century. In this visually stunning book, the authors present a treasure trove of early color film images from the archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands, bringing to life their rich hues and forgotten splendor.

Carefully selecting and reproducing frames from the original film of movies made before World War I, Gunning, Yumibe, Fossati, andand#160;Rosen share the images here in a full range of tone and colors. Accompanying essays discuss the history of early film and the technical processes that filmmakers employed to capture these fascinating images, while other contributions explore preservation techniques and describe the visual delights that early film has offered audiences, both then and now. Featuring threeand#160;hundredand#160;color illustrations for readers to examine and enjoy, Fantasia of Color in Earlyand#160;Cinema will engage scholars and buffs alike.

Synopsis:

This study examines the early work of Fritz Lang, proposing readings of the entire output of one of cinema's foremost directors. It emphasizes Lang's reflection on modernity, and hones in on the problem of identity and subjectivity in a progressively more automated, impersonal world.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [481]-517) and index.

About the Author

Tom Gunning is Professor of Art History, Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film: The Early Years at Biograph.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Martin Scorsese

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Applying Color: Creating Fantasy of Cinema - Tom Gunning

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Techniques of the Fantastic - Joshua Yumibe

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The Archival Life of Early Color Films: Restoration and Presentation - Giovanna Fossati

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Gluttonous Visual Overdose - Jonathon Rosen

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A guide to using this book

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Plates

List of illustrations

Introduction to Filmography and#183; Eli Frongen-Kaynakand#231;i

Filmography

Bibliography and Contributors

Acknowledgments

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780851707433
Author:
Gunning, Tom
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Author:
Fossati, Giovanna
Author:
Yumibe, Joshua
Author:
Scorsese, Martin
Author:
Gunning, Tom
Author:
Rosen, Jonathon
Location:
London :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Lang, Fritz
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Television - Direction & Production
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Lang, Fritz - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Television/Direction
Subject:
Production
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video, History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
AUP - Framing Film
Series Volume:
1422-3F
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color plates
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
This book brings a treasure trove of early color film images into print form so viewers can enjoy, examine and dream over their forgotten splendor. Drawing on the richness of the early film archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the authors have carefully selected and reproduced frames from the original films made before World War I, presenting their fascinating and often surprising images and hues. Digital reproduction allows the capture of these images in a full range of tone and colors.
"Synopsis" by ,
We normally think of early film as being black and white, but in truth, the first color cinematography appeared as early as the first decade of the twentieth century. In this visually stunning book, the authors present a treasure trove of early color film images from the archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands, bringing to life their rich hues and forgotten splendor.

Carefully selecting and reproducing frames from the original film of movies made before World War I, Gunning, Yumibe, Fossati, andand#160;Rosen share the images here in a full range of tone and colors. Accompanying essays discuss the history of early film and the technical processes that filmmakers employed to capture these fascinating images, while other contributions explore preservation techniques and describe the visual delights that early film has offered audiences, both then and now. Featuring threeand#160;hundredand#160;color illustrations for readers to examine and enjoy, Fantasia of Color in Earlyand#160;Cinema will engage scholars and buffs alike.

"Synopsis" by ,
This study examines the early work of Fritz Lang, proposing readings of the entire output of one of cinema's foremost directors. It emphasizes Lang's reflection on modernity, and hones in on the problem of identity and subjectivity in a progressively more automated, impersonal world.
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