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The Art of the Moving Picture - Vachel Lindsay

The Art of the Moving Picture

Paperback Published: 17th March 1970
ISBN: 9780871402042
Number Of Pages: 354

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The Art of the Moving Picture is astonishing, as a work of analysis and vision. Over fifty years ago Lindsay saw the hunger that still obsesses the film enthusiast. Sculpture-in-motion, painting-in-motion, architecture-in-motion are nuggets out of which he refines subtle perceptions. Lindsay sees, in 1915, the revolution in human perception involved in the very existence of film. There is a clear prediction of McLuhan in "Edison is the new Gutenberg. He has invented the new printing." Lindsay sees, in 1915, the quintessence of the auteur theory of film criticism, formulated some forty years later: "An artistic photoplay . . . is not a factory-made staple article, but the product of the creative force of one soul, the flowering of a spirit that has the habit of perpetually renewing itself." This book is a considerable marvel. Lindsay had a clear sense that a profound change was taking place, not only in cultural history but in all human histories-the external and also the most secret. And, poet and evangelist that he was, he saw some fundamental ways to understand and use the change. Francis Hackett concluded his review in 1915: "He has initiated photoplay criticism. That is a big thing to have done, and he has done it, to use his own style, with Action, Intimacy, and Friendliness, and Splendor."

Introduction to Modern Library: The Moviesp. v
Introductionp. vii
A Word from the Director of the Denver Art Associationp. xxi
The General Photoplay Situation in America, January 1, 1922, Especially as Viewed from the Heights of the Civic Centre at Denver, Colorado, and the Denver Art Museum, Which Is to Be a Leading Feature of This Civic Centrep. 1
The Outline Which Has Been Accepted as the Basis of Photoplay Criticism in America, Both in the Studios of the Los Angeles Region, and All the Serious Criticism Which Has Appeared in the Daily Press and the Magazinesp. 19
The Point of Viewp. 21
The Photoplay of Actionp. 25
The Intimate Photoplayp. 30
The Motion Picture of Fairy Splendorp. 38
The Picture of Crowd Splendorp. 43
The Picture of Patriotic Splendorp. 50
The Picture of Religious Splendorp. 59
Sculpture-in-Motionp. 65
Painting-in-Motionp. 75
Furniture, Trappings, and Inventions in Motionp. 84
Architecture-in-Motionp. 95
Thirty Differences between the Photoplays and the Stagep. 105
Hieroglyphicsp. 116
More Personal Speculations and Afterthoughts not Brought Forward so Dogmaticallyp. 127
The Orchestra, Conversation, and the Censorshipp. 129
The Substitute for the Saloonp. 139
California and Americap. 145
Progress and Endowmentp. 150
Architects as Crusadersp. 161
On Coming Forth by Dayp. 166
The Prophet-Wizardp. 171
The Acceptable Year of the Lordp. 180
Appendixp. 189
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780871402042
ISBN-10: 0871402041
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 17th March 1970
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.98 x 13.79  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1