ISBN-10:
025333988X
ISBN-13:
9780253339881
Pub. Date:
10/28/2001
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
The Sounds of Early Cinema

The Sounds of Early Cinema

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Overview

This is the first book devoted exclusively to a little known phenomenon: the ubiquitous presence of sound in early cinema. "Silent cinema" may rarely have been silent, but the sheer diversity of sounds characterizing the first twenty years of moving pictures still can astonish us, from barkers and ballyhoos to pianists and orchestras. These twenty-five essays cover a broad range of subjects, including sound practices in production, sound-related exhibition practices film music, and the politics of sound reception.

Author Biography: Richard Abel is Ellis and Nell Levitt Professor of English at Drake University, where he teaches cinema/media/cultural studies. His most recent book is The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910 (California, 1999), which was a finalist for the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award. Currently he is editing the Routledge Encyclopedia of Early Cinema.
Rick Altman is Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. After publishing Film/Genre (British Film Institute, 1999), which won the SCS Katherine Singer Kovacs award, he edited a special issue of IRIS 27 (Spring 1999) on the "State of Sound Studies." His current projects include a book on the silent cinema soundscape, a DVD devoted to illustrated song slides, and performances by his troupe, The Living Nickelodeon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253339881
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: Early Cinema in Review Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Richard Abel is Ellis and Nell Levitt Professor of English at Drake University, where he teaches cinema/media/cultural studies. His most recent book is The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910 (California, 1999), which was a finalist for the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award. Currently he is editing the Routledge Encyclopedia of Early Cinema.

Rick Altman is Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. After publishing Film/Genre (British Film Institute, 1999), which won the SCS Katherine Singer Kovacs award, he edited a special issue of IRIS 27 (Spring 1999) on the "State of Sound Studies." His current projects include a book on the silent cinema soundscape, a DVD devoted to illustrated song slides, and performances by his troupe, The Living Nickelodeon.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Richard Abel and Rick Altman
I. A Context of Intermediality
1. Ian Christie, "Early Phonograph Culture and Moving Pictures"
2. Tom Gunning, "Doing for the Eye What the Phonograph Does for the Ear"
3. Mats Bjorkin, "Remarks on Writing and Technologies of Sound in Early Cinema"
4. Richard Crangle, "'Next Slide Please': The Lantern Lecture in Britain, 1890-1910"
5. Franois Jost, "The Ways of Silence"
6. Edouard Arnoldy, "The Event and the Series: The Decline of CafŽ-Concerts, the Failure of Gaumont's Chronphone and the Birth of Cinema as Art"
II. Sound Practices in Production
7. Isabelle Raynauld, "Dialogues in Silent Screenplays: What the Actors Really Said"
8. Bernard Perron, "The First Transi-Sounds of Parallel Editing"
9. John Fullerton, "Sound, the Jump Cut, and 'Trickality' in Early Danish Comedies"
10. Dominique Nasta, "Setting the Pace of a Heartbeat: The Use of Sound Elements in European Melodramas Before 1915"
11. Rashit Yangirov, "Talking Movie or Silent Theater: Creative Experiments by Vasily Goncharov"
III. Sound Practices in Exhibition
12. Gregory Waller, "Sleighbells and Moving Pictures: On the Trail of D. W. Robertson"
13. Stephen Bottomore, "The Story of Percy Peashaker: Debates about Sound Effects in the Early Cinema"
14. Richard Abel, "That Most American of Attractions, the Illustrated Song"
15. Jeffrey Klenotic, "'The Sensational Acme of Realism': 'Talker' Pictures as Early Cinema Sound Practice"
16. Lauren Rabinovitz, "'Bells and Whistles': The Sound of Meaning in Train Travel Film Rides"
IV. Spectators and Politics
17. Jean Ch‰teauvert andAndrŽ Gaudreault, "The Noises of Spectators, or the Spectator as Additive to the Spectacle"
18. Jacques Polet, "Early Cinematographic Spectacles: The Role of Sound Accompaniment in the Reception of Moving Images"
19. Marta Braun and Charlie Keil, "Sounding Canadian: Early Sound Practices and Nationalism in Toronto-Based Exhibition"
20. Germain Lacasse, "The Double Silence of the 'War To End All Wars'"
V. Film Music
21. Patrick Loughney, "Domitor Witnesses the First Complete Public Presentation of the [Dickson Experimental Sound Film] in the 20th Century"
22. David Mayer and Helen Day-Mayer, "A 'Secondary Action' or Musical Highlight? Melodic Interludes in Early Film Melodrama Reconsidered"
23. Rick Altman, "The Living Nickelodeon"
24. Herbert Reynolds, "The Record of Special Music Scores for Kalem Films"
25. Jane Gaines and Neil Lerner, "The Orchestration of Affect: Motif of Barbarism in Breil's The Birth of a Nation Score"
Appendix: Original French Texts
A. Franois Jost, "Les Voies du silence"
B. Edouard Arnoldy, "L'EvŽnement et le sŽrie: Le dŽclin du cafŽ-concert, l'Žchec du Chronophone Gaumont et la naissance de l'Art CinŽmatographique"
C. Bernard Perron, "Les transi-sons du cinŽma des premiers temps"
D. AndrŽ Gaudreault and Jean Ch‰teauvert, "Les bruits des spectateurs"
E. Jacques Polet, "Le spectacle cinŽmatographique des premiers temps: fonctions des accompagnements sonores dans la rŽception des images animŽes"
F. Germain Lacasse, "Le double silence de la 'dernire guerre'"
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