The Emergence of Cinema

Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich and Sharon Monteith

in Film Histories

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619061
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670888 | DOI:
The Emergence of Cinema

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This chapter argues that the emergence of cinema must be understood in relation to a pre-history of visual experimentation, and to practices of visual representation ranging from magic lantern shows to dioramas and panoramas. The development of specific technologies in the late nineteenth century created the basis for the rapid development of cinema as an artistic and industrial form. The chapter also includes the study, ‘The Cinema of Attractions: Early Film, its Spectator and the Avant-Garde’ by Tom Gunning, which explores the period before the film industry achieved relative stability. Specifically, he examines the pleasures afforded by early cinema, focusing on the modes of film display and exhibition that made cinema a distinctive and curiously modern visual attraction.

Keywords: motion pictures; cinema; visual experimentation; visual representation; film industry; Tom Gunning; film history

Chapter.  8674 words. 

Subjects: Film

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