Silent cinema: an introduction

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BFI Pub., Oct 1, 2000 - Performing Arts - 212 pages
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Published for the first time in English in 1994 as Burning Passions, Cherchi Usai's groundbreaking guide to silent film studies has become the indispensable textbook for scholars, researchers, and archivists. This much-awaited sequel to the first edition has been extensively rewritten and updated in order to reflect the spectacular development witnessed by the discipline in the past few years. In addition, two new chapters have been added for this edition. The first is an extensive analysis of color technology and aesthetics, from hand-coloring to the dawn of Technicolor. The second is a detailed account of how silent films are saved from destruction, restored, and made accessible by film archives. A number of new illustrations, tables, bibliographical references and historical sources add additional value to this fundamental survey of the first thirty years in the history of the moving image. Published for the first time in English in 1994 as Burning Passions, Cherchi Usai's groundbreaking guide to silent film studies has become the indispensable textbook for scholars, researchers, and archivists. This much-awaited sequel to the first edition has been extensively rewritten and updated in order to reflect the spectacular development witnessed by the discipline in the past few years. In addition, two new chapters have been added for this edition. The first is an extensive analysis of color technology and aesthetics, from hand-coloring to the dawn of Technicolor. The second is a detailed account of how silent films are saved from destruction, restored, and made accessible by film archives. A number of new illustrations, tables, bibliographical references and historical sources add additional value to this fundamental survey of the first thirty years in the history of the moving image.

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Contents

The Romance of Celluloid
1
The Way of All Flesh Tones
21
The Ethics of Film Preservation
44
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Paolo Cherchi Usai is Senior Curator of the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House and Director of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. He is the author of "Burning Passions" (bfi, 1994) which was published in a revised edition by the bfi in 2000, entitled "Silent Cinema: An Introduction".

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