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Classic Hollywood narrative

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

4

... cinematic codes to set up characterisation and organise a coherent narrative space. ANNETTE KUHN Stagecoach (USA 1939 p.c – Walter Wanger Productions/United Artists; d – John Ford) A stagecoach voyages to Lordsburg with a mixed group...

Soviet Cinema

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

4

... to his material. ANNETTE KUHN The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty/Padenie dinastii Romanovykh (USSR 1927 p.c – Sovkino and the Museum of the Revolution; d – Esfir Shub) This film is an example of Shub’s pioneering work in the development...

The Classic Studio System

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

4

... and Hollywood’s – classical era, and the beginning of a very different period in film history. Warner Bros. Annette Kuhn Warner Bros. is probably best known as the studio that introduced sound to cinema. Warners, which started in the 1920s...

Colour

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

2

...As with sound, colour was one of the aesthetic options available to film-makers from the earliest years of cinema and, as with sound, the technical problems involved in making colour films were sufficiently daunting to dissuade many...

Sound

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

3

... camera. Although we may experience the scene as continuous, the transition is marked by a cut that signals the difference between the two recording techniques.ANNETTE KUHNJurassic Park (USA 1993 p.c – Amblin Entertainment/ Universal; d – Steven...

Lighting

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

2

...In the 1890s, the major source of illumination for shooting film was sunlight. Sets were built and filmed on outdoor stages with muslin diffusers and various kinds of reflectors used to control the levels of brightness and shadow.The first...

Deep-Focus

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

2

...Deep-focus cinematography, in which objects in several planes of depth are kept in equally sharp focus, is commonly associated with certain Hollywood films of the 1940s. Patrick Ogle dates its emergence at around 1941, and argues that its...

The Rise of the American Film Industry

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007

Book chapter

2

...In 1891 Thomas Edison took out patents on two new processes, the Kinetograph and the Kinetoscope. In spite of such precautions, however, Edison underestimated the economic potential of these inventions and failed either to secure foreign...