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Published: 21 May 2015

272 Pages | 114 halftones


ISBN: 9780199860685

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Devices of Curiosity

Early Cinema and Popular Science

Oliver Gaycken

  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of the role of early science films in shaping debates about scientific discovery, commercial entertainment, innovations in education, and intertexual cultural production
  • Draws on viewings of almost 300 films, allowing for a comparative stylistic analysis that establishes both the unique formal properties of the genre as well as the antecedent sources upon which it drew
  • Features case studies on British and French natural history filmmaking, American distribution, and French crime melodramas