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The Ciné Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914, Updated and Expanded Edition Paperback – June 1, 1998

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  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Updated, Expanded ed. edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520079361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520079366
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2013
You cannot hide the fact that this is a text book and it is all the better for it.

There are 130 illustrations (stills from the films being presented.)

Lots of notes, long bibliography, Filmography, and index.

1. Turn-of-the-Century France
2. The French Cinema Industry, 1896-1914
3. The Cinema of Attractions, 1896-1904
4. The Transition to a narrative Cinema, 1904-1907
5. The Pre-Feature, Single-Reel Story Film, 1907-1911
6. The Rise of the Feature Film, 1911-1914

There is not one stuffy part in the book as Richard Abel is a great writer.
I know he did some archival digging but I am amazed he found so much great information that make watching the films fun.
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The definitive reference for French silent films. The research is impeccable. The information is presented in a straight forward manner that anyone can use. Worth every penny.
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