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Fight Pictures : A History of Boxing and Early Cinema - Dan Streible

Fight Pictures

A History of Boxing and Early Cinema

By: Dan Streible, Charles Musser (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 11th April 2008
ISBN: 9780520250758
Number Of Pages: 396

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"This compelling book forces us to rethink the history of cinema. Dan Streible's thought-provoking rediscovery of an entire lost genre of hundreds of early films reminds us how much we still do not know about the development of American movie culture. The fact that only a fraction of these forgotten films survive, and those mostly in fragments, makes this historical account of them all the more valuable."--Martin Scorsese

"Men in skimpy clothing engaged in the manly art of beating on each other became the cinema's very first movie stars. With masterful historical research in both film and sport history, Dan Streible's book provides the definitive account of the complex fascination these first films exerted, as prizefighting collided with early cinema and staged new battles over gender, race and class."--Tom Gunning, author of D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film, and The Films of Fritz Lang

"'Sporting' men and curious women, slumming elites and working-class laborers, nativists and European immigrants, Great White Hopes and insurgent African Americans--Dan Streible's meticulous research brings to life the dynamic, overlapping, and often contentious public spheres that fight films pull into focus. Written in smart and straightforward prose, Fight Pictures combines new critical insights about early cinema's aesthetics of display and struggles for cultural legitimacy with the social histories of boxing and American modernity."--Jacqueline Stewart, author of Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity

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"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

ISBN: 9780520250758
ISBN-10: 0520250753
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 11th April 2008
Publisher: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.6