The first filmed prizefight, Veriscope's Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897) became one of cinema's first major attractions, ushering in an era in which hugely successful boxing films helped transform a stigmatized sport into legitimate entertainment. Exploring a significant and fascinating period in the development of modern sports and media, Fight Pictures is the first work to chronicle the mostly forgotten story of how legitimate bouts, fake fights, comic sparring matches, and more came to silent-era screens and became part of American popular culture.
"Groundbreaking... It offerss ... the thrill of discovery, an opportunity to learn often-startling new information... It is in every way a masterful piece of work." -- Leonard Maltin The Moving Image "Rigorously researched." Sight & Sound Magazine "A truly excellent recently published piece of scholarly film history... Meticulously researched and highly illuminating." -- Dave Kehr Davekehr.com "The history of boxing and early cinema is now to be given its first thorough history with the publication of Dan Streible's long awaited Fight Pictures." Bioscope "An important contribution to American film studies." -- David A. Gerstner American Historical Review "Authoritative." -- Travis Vogan Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film "Written in a straightforward, sometimes punchy style... Anyone interested in cinema, in boxing, or in the development of modern American society really should seek it out." Tribune (Uk) "[This] is an important contribution to the history of ... cinema." -- Evan Rhodes Modernism/Modernity "This book is the result of several years of research and provides a rich account of fight films within the context of complex interactions among personalities and of the rapidly changing technological, economic, social, and legal landscapes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is the best and most complete account on the subject." The Journal Of American History "Chronicles the near forgotten story of how fights, fake bouts, sparring matches and silent era pictures became ingrained in American popular culture." Little White Lies
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 11th April 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.59