- 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)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"Just the sort of history text that should satisfy nearly everyone. [Abel] relies on original archival archaeology and connects that inquiry to shifts in early French film style and culture, all the while keeping an eye on the theoretical implications of his own historiography. . . . The attention to detail, the importance of the scholarship, and the excellent production quality are evident at every level. . . . Abel not only worked hard in the archives, he also worked at writing a lively, teachable history that allows us to marvel at all these wonderful movies. . . . Abel's history is a great success."--Richard Neupert, "Film Quarterly
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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.