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ERIC Number: EJ792006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-18
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Celluloid under Siege
Doherty, Thomas
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n32 pB17 Apr 2008
From 1895, the traditional date for the birth of cinema as everybody knows it (that is, the projection of celluloid, in public space, for money--a racket first stumbled upon by Auguste and Louis Lumiere in the basement of the Grand Cafe in Paris), until now, the 35mm photographic image has been the preferred canvas for motion-picture art. Through nickelodeon, movie palace, and multiplex mall, in silence, sound, CinemaScope, and IMAX, the allure of projected filmstrips casting beams of light onto a flat white surface has proved to be a cultural diversion of remarkable longevity. Digital technology--in imaging, cinematography, exhibition, and marketing--has all but done in the analog, the mechanical, and the built environment in motion-picture production. The scriveners of the Writers Guild of America, who were striking earlier this year for a slice of the digital pie, are the most conspicuous cogs caught in the retooling, but the digital revolution is also hitting an even more underpaid and unheralded crew: professors who study, teach, and write about film. They are scrambling to revamp curricula and refocus scholarly energies to keep pace with the upgrades and downloads, YouTubes and iPhones, Webcams and vlogs that are redefining the discipline of film studies. Ironically, the need to get with the new program comes just as film studies has achieved a modicum of professional stature within the liberal arts. In this article, the author discusses the future of film studies after the digital deluge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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