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Reel Families : A Social History of Amateur Film - Patricia R. Zimmermann

Reel Families

A Social History of Amateur Film

Paperback Published: 22nd July 1995
ISBN: 9780253209443
Number Of Pages: 208

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Amateur film has been seen as the junkheap of private culture. Yet music videos recycle home movies as authenticity; commercials copy its style to sell intimacy; documentaries use it to recount history "from below."

Reel Families is the first historical study of amateur film, the most pervasive of media. Patricia Zimmerman charts the history of this medium from 1897 to the present, examining how ideological, technical, and social constraints have stunted amateur film's potential for extending media production beyond corporate monopolies and into the hands of everyday people. She draws on an array of sources -- camera manufacturers, patents, early film and photography technology journals, amateur filmmaking magazines, professional magazines, and family-oriented popular magazines -- to investigate how the concept of amateur film was transformed within evolving contexts of technology, aesthetics, social relations, and politics.

Pleasure or Moneyp. 1
Entrepreneurs, Artists, Hobbyists, and Workers: 1897-1923p. 12
Professional Results with Amateur Ease: 1923-1940p. 56
Cameras and Guns: 1941-1949p. 90
Do-It-Yourself: 1950-1962p. 112
Reinventing Amateurismp. 143
Notesp. 159
Indexp. 184
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ISBN: 9780253209443
ISBN-10: 0253209447
Series: Arts and Politics of the Everyday
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 22nd July 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39

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