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ERIC Number: ED059578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 453
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The Emergence of Film Art. The Evaluation and Development of the Motion Picture As an Art from 1900 to the Present.
Jacobs, Lewis
The art of the motion picture is explored through a step-by-step study of the medium's development as a new art form. The book attempts to provide insight into creative film expression and to present an historical overview of the medium's artistic development. It is divided into three sections. The first is largely an account of the efforts made to achieve a technique indigenous to the new medium and a mode of composition derived from its nature and material. The contributions of various directors and schools of filmmaking are described, and the esthetic theories and doctrines as they grew up around the silent film are traced and evaluated. The second section contains essays focusing on attempts to capitalize on the enlarged physical and technical resources of the motion picture medium made possible by the addition of sound and color. Articles in this section also evaluate certain filmmakers who creatively absorbed the broadened means of expression and explain the distinctiveness of their artistic works. In the third section the creative present and its preoccupation with new subject matter and form is examined, beginning with a look at the aims of today's most distinguished directors. The traditional foundations of film are questioned, new explorations are defended, and the standard for an esthetic more suitable to the changing ethos and spirit of the time is proposed. (Author/JY)
Hopkinson and Blake, Publishers, 329 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016 ($4.95)
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