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Author Lastra, James.

Title Sound technology and the American cinema : perception, representation, modernity / James Lastra
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 270 pages)
Series Film and culture
Film and culture.
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction, Discourse/Device/Practice/Institution: Representational Technologies and American Culture; 1. Inscriptions and Simulations: The Imagination of Technology; 2. Performance, Inscription, Diegesis: The Technological Transformation of a Representational Causality; 3. Everything But the Kitchen Sync: Sound and Image Before the Talkies; 4. Sound Theory; 5. Standards and Practices: Aesthetic Norm and Technological Innovation in the American Cinema; 6. Sound Space and Classical Narrative; Conclusion; Notes; Index
Summary Representational technologies including photography, phonography, and the cinema have helped define modernity itself. Since the nineteenth century, these technologies have challenged our trust of sensory perception, given the ephemeral unprecedented parity with the eternal, and created profound temporal and spatial displacements. But current approaches to representational and cultural history often neglect to examine these technologies. James Lastra seeks to remedy this neglect. Lastra argues that we are nowhere better able to track the relations between capital, science, and cultu
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-263) and index
Notes In English
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Subject Sound motion pictures -- History.
Sound -- Recording and reproducing -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231505469 (electronic bk.)
9780231505468 (electronic bk.)