The Sounds of Early Cinema

The Sounds of Early Cinema

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The Sounds of Early Cinema is devoted exclusively to a little-known, yet absolutely crucial phenomenon: the ubiquitous presence of sound in early cinema. qSilent cinemaq may rarely have been silent, but the sheer diversity of sound(s) and sound/image relations characterizing the first 20 years of moving picture exhibition can still astonish us. Whether instrumental, vocal, or mechanical, sound ranged from the improvised to the pre-arranged (as in scripts, scores, and cue sheets). The practice of mixing sounds with images differed widely, depending on the venue (the nickelodeon in Chicago versus the summer Chautauqua in rural Iowa, the music hall in London or Paris versus the newest palace cinema in New York City) as well as on the historical moment (a single venue might change radically, and many times, from 1906 to 1910). Contributors include Richard Abel, Rick Altman, Edouard Arnoldy, Mats BjAprkin, Stephen Bottomore, Marta Braun, Jean ChActeauvert, Ian Christie, Richard Crangle, Helen Day-Mayer, John Fullerton, Jane Gaines, AndrAc Gaudreault, Tom Gunning, FranAsois Jost, Charlie Keil, Jeff Klenotic, Germain Lacasse, Neil Lerner, Patrick Loughney, David Mayer, Domi-nique Nasta, Bernard Perron, Jacques Polet, Lauren Rabinovitz, Isabelle Raynauld, Herbert Reynolds, Gregory A. Waller, and Rashit M. Yangirov.In her essay on sound elements in Meliesa#39; films, aquot;Presence, fonction et representation du son dans les scenarios et les films de ... In Le Diable au couvent (Melies, 18991, the devil unexpectedly rings the bells, and this aquot;aural eventaquot; prompts the nuns to rush for the mass. ... Cf. Richard Abel, The Cine Goes to Town: French Cinema 1896-1914 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 19941, 342-343. 1 2.

Title:The Sounds of Early Cinema
Author: Richard Abel, Rick Altman
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2001

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