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Before Hollywood: From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen Hardcover – August 12, 2005

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Grade 6 Up -In this fascinating account of the inventions and practices through time that led to modern film, Clee offers vivid descriptions of the key players from Giovanni Battista della Porta to Thomas Edison and their influences on the history of imaging from the 16th century to the silver screen. The story is complemented with trivia; biographical facts; and grayscale images of diagrams, film posters, photographs, and sketches, though the illustrations seem surprisingly few for a piece describing the history of playing with light, lenses, and projection. By demonstrating how early project kaleidoscopes and lighting and lenses combined to create original microscopes, Clee makes certain that readers understand that modern photography and filmmaking are rooted in both science and art.-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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"Lively chronicle of...creative ferment...this entertaining historical panorama will absorb both casual viewers and serious young students." KIRKUS, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"...A rich lode of end materials for further research...photos and reproductions abound." THE BULLETIN Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The history of visual entertainment...is meticulously detailed, painstakingly documented, and clearly laid out chronologically." THE HORN BOOK Horn Book

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1st edition (August 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618445331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618445332
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Martucci on October 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Very good introduction to early film and pre film history.
The text hits all the important historical events and puts them in a very concise and easy to absorb order. The illustrations are excellent and they enhance this study.
Perfect book to teach a class of younger students who really need to know more about how films at the superplex came about.
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An invaluable book if you're a film buff. Here is essentially the birth and origin of hollywood as we know it today.
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