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Sun, 21 Sep 2003 10:33:40 -0500
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Some others, mostly set in the 20th century, but representing such
"pre-cinematic" forms:
Magic lantern slides in Bergman's FANNY AND ALEXANDER
Postcards or photographs as representations of travel in Godard's LES
Shadow puppets in Zhang Yimou's TO LIVE
From photography and magic lanterns to Lumiere-era cinema in 1902 China
in Ann Hu's SHADOW MAGIC--especially telling in its representations of
how an audience accommodates to a new technology
The Danish sort-of-documentary HAXAN, might be of interest

In regard to photography, THE GOVERNESS, with Minnie Driver, as a
Victorian Jewish woman passing as Gentile in an amateur photographer's
home, might be worth a look.

It's a throwaway, but at the beginning of the first version of A STAR IS
BORN, Esther Blodgett returns from the movies while her father is
contentedly viewing his stereopticon pix

If dealing less with visual culture and more with entertainment and/or
narrative, there are many film representations of pre- and early-cinema
stage, vaudeville, etc.

Don Larsson

"Only connect"  --E.M. Forster
Donald F. Larsson
Department of English, AH 230
Minnesota State U, Mankato (56001)
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From: Dolores Mary Tierney [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003 5:31 AM
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Subject: Fictional Representations of pre-cinema

Dear All
I am trying to think of some Fictional representations of the
period to show on a film course to accompany lectures
1. on the stereopticon -  explores the relationships between media,
technology, and consumer culture in the nineteenth century; and to what
these relationships might tell us about the conceptualization of time
space on the eve of cinema.
2. Pre-cinema and cinematic forms - focusing particularly on photography
an indexical process, optical toys and the concept of the spectacular

So far we've come up with The Magic Box and Buffalo Bill and the
Any other ideas?

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