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Black and White Cinema : A Short History / Wheeler Winston Dixon.

Author/Creator:
Dixon, Wheeler Winston, author., Author,
Publication:
New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (264 p.)
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Subjects:
Motion pictures -- History -- 20th century.
Cinematography -- History -- 20th century.
Black and white films -- History and criticism.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
From the glossy monochrome of the classic Hollywood romance, to the gritty greyscale of the gangster picture, to film noir's moody interplay of light and shadow, black-and-white cinematography has been used to create a remarkably wide array of tones. Yet today, with black-and-white film stock nearly impossible to find, these cinematographic techniques are virtually extinct, and filmgoers' appreciation of them is similarly waning. Black and White Cinema is the first study to consider the use of black-and-white as an art form in its own right, providing a comprehensive and global overview of the era when it flourished, from the 1900s to the 1960s. Acclaimed film scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon introduces us to the masters of this art, discussing the signature styles and technical innovations of award-winning cinematographers like James Wong Howe, Gregg Toland, Freddie Francis, and Sven Nykvist. Giving us a unique glimpse behind the scenes, Dixon also reveals the creative teams-from lighting technicians to matte painters-whose work profoundly shaped the look of black-and-white cinema. More than just a study of film history, this book is a rallying cry, meant to inspire a love for the artistry of black-and-white film, so that we might work to preserve this important part of our cinematic heritage. Lavishly illustrated with more than forty on-the-set stills, Black and White Cinema provides a vivid and illuminating look at a creatively vital era.
Contents:
Front matter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue
1. Origins
2. The 1930's: Escapism and Reality
3. The 1940's: A Black-and-White World
4. The 1950's: The Age of Anxiety
5. The 1960's: Endgame
Epilogue
Works Cited
Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 21. Dez 2019)
ISBN:
0-8135-7244-4
OCLC:
921889243
Publisher Number:
10.36019/9780813572444 doi