Silent Film Sound

Silent Film Sound

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Based on extensive original research and filled with gorgeous illustrations, Silent Film Sound reconsiders all aspects of sound practices during the silent film period in America. Beginning with sound accompaniment and continuing through to the more familiar sound practices of the 1920s, renowned film historian Rick Altman discusses the variety of sound strategies cinema exhibitors used to differentiate their products. During the nickelodeon period prior to 1910, this variety reached its zenith with carnival-like music, automatic pianos, small orchestras, lecturers, synchronized sound systems, and voices behind the screen. In the 1910s, musical accompaniment began to support a film's narrative and emotional content, with large theaters and blockbuster productions driving the development of new instruments, new music-publication projects, and a new style of film music. A monumental achievement, Silent Film Sound challenges common assumptions about this period and reveals the complex and swiftly changing nature of silent American cinema.Holmes, Lectures 7:28. 5. From Peep Show to Projection 5.1. Electric World 23.24 (16 June 1894): 801. 5.2. Sears, Roebuck catalog #107 (Fall 1898): 107. 5.3 (A-B-C). Cinematheque francaise, Paris. 5.4. Museo nazionale del cinema, Turin.

Title:Silent Film Sound
Author:Rick Altman
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2007


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