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Author Richards, Rashna Wadia, 1977-
Title Cinematic flashes : cinephilia and classical Hollywood / Rashna Wadia Richards.
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013.
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 Floor4  PN1993.5.U6 R495 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 262 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: inventing cinephiliac historiography -- Sonic booms: 1929 and the sensational transition to sound -- Show stoppers: 1937 and the chance encounter with chiffons -- Signature crimes: 1946 and the strange case of the lost scene (as well as the stranger case of the missing auteur) -- Apocalyptic antennae: 1954 and the end of storytelling -- Conclusion: the cinephiliac return.
Summary "Cinematic Flashes challenges popular notions of a uniform Hollywood style by disclosing uncanny networks of incongruities, coincidences, and contingencies at the margins of the cinematic frame. In an agile demonstration of "cinephiliac" historiography, Rashna Wadia Richards extracts intriguing film fragments from their seemingly ordinary narratives in order to explore what these unexpected moments reveal about the studio era. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's preference for studying cultural fragments rather than composing grand narratives, this unorthodox history of the films of the studio system reveals how classical Hollywood emerges as a disjointed network of accidents, excesses, and coincidences."--Publisher's website.
Subject Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780253006929 paperback alkaline paper
0253006929 paperback alkaline paper
9780253006882 cloth alkaline paper
0253006880 cloth alkaline paper
9780253007001 (e-book)
0253007003 (e-book)
Standard # 40021876215
OCLC number 798923738