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Television

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High-Definition Television

About the same time that Guglielmo Marconi was experimenting with radio transmissions in the late 1890s, other scientists were exploring the possibility of transmitting visual images. The first inventor to do so was Abbe Caselli, an Italian-born priest who succeeded in sending very elementary shadow pictures via telegraph lines in 1866. Almost twenty years later, an Englishman named Shelford Bidwell developed a device that he called an "electric distant vision apparatus." This machine used a selenium cell mounted on a box that moved up and down to scan an image. While still a student, the German scientist Paul Nipkow designed...View More

 

History of Television

 

Television

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Movies Made for Television - Alvin H. Marill; Leonard Maltin (Foreword by)
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Publication Date: 2005-08-26
Comprehensive listing of movies made for television from 1964-1979. Entries cite each film's original network, airdate, and length of broadcast. Along with a brief summary, each entry also includes extensive production credits (director, writer, producer, composer, director of photography, and editor) and a complete cast (and character) listing.

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The Invention of Television Technology in Television in American Society - Laurie Collier Hillstrom
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ISBN: 9781414402215
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
It is hard for Americans in the twenty-first century to envision a world without television. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from 2004, 98 percent of households in the United States contain at least one TV...

 

Cinema - Topic Page

With performances that can be simultaneously presented before millions around the world, cinema is a truly global entertainment medium. The ticketed screening of ten Lumière shorts at the Grand Café of Paris on December 28, 1895, is widely regarded as the birth of cinema, but the history of the medium is more complicated than this singular event implies. A series of discrete yet connected inventions led up to the moment: optical toys from the 17th-century magic lantern to 19th-century image-animating devices like the Thaumatrope and Zoetrope; development of still photography in the 1820s and 1830s by innovators like Nicéphore Niepce, William Henry Fox Talbot, and Louis Daguerre, and the subsequent experiments of Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey aimed at capturing movement; George Eastman's evolving film stocks; Thomas Edison and William Kennedy Dickinson's search for motion picture cameras and projection systems (Kinetograph and Kinetoscope); and Auguste and Louis Lumière's combination of recording and projecting functions in the Cinématographe. This standard account presents cinema as a modern, Western technology of representation as well as its genesis as, in the main, a French-American event. Read more..

 

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A New Pot of Gold - Stephen Prince (Editor)
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Publication Date: 1999-11-12
Looks at the effects of video-cassettes and cable television on Hollywood, and the idiosyncratic visions of newcomers like Spike Lee and Tim Burton.

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An Evening's Entertainment - Richard Koszarski; Charles H. Harpole (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780684184159
Publication Date: 1990-12-01
Chronicles how theatrical feature films dominated newly developed movie palaces, how expressive film faces became household names, and how Hollywood became the center of film as a major growth industry.

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Boom and Bust - Thomas G. Schatz
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ISBN: 9780684191515
Publication Date: 1997-11-01
Covers the period of 1939-1949, when the film industry came to grips with the development of the documentary, a shift to independent production, renewed government antitrust activity, and the emergence of television as a competitor.

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Chambers Film Factfinder - Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd
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Publication Date: 2006
Chambers Film Factfinder is a collection of useful and often fascinating information on many aspects of film, from the early days of silent cinema to the twenty-first century. With wide-ranging coverage and an international scope, it has something to interest everyone from casual film fans to dedicated enthusiasts.

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Comic Art of the United States Through 2000, Animation and Cartoons - John A. Lent
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Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Provides information on U.S. and Canadian comic art, animation, caricature, and gag, political, illustrative, and magazine cartoons. Provides citations of books, chapters, articles, and "fugitive" materials gleaned from a variety of sources worldwide, including many periodicals and journals.

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Film - Ronald Bergan
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ISBN: 9780756622039
Publication Date: 2006-10-16
Explores every aspect of film and provides pointers on how to watch and understand films of different types, styles, and periods. Profiles the most important historical and contemporary directors, actors, producers, and studios.

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George Gallup in Hollywood - Susan Ohmer
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ISBN: 9780231121323
Publication Date: 2006-11-07
Explores the use of George Gallup's opinion polling techniques by the film industry in the 1930's and '40's. Traces Gallup's intellectual and methodological developments, examining his comprehensive approach to market research from his early education in the advertising industry to his later work in Hollywood.

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Grand Design - Tino T. Balio; Charles H. Harpole (Editor)
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Publication Date: 1993-02-12
Studies the advent of color, big musicals, the studio system and the beginning of institutionalized censorship which made the thirties the defining decade for Hollywood, the decade that ended with "The Greatest Year in Motion Pictures" - the year of "Gone With the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz", "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" and other classics.

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Hollywood and the Culture Elite - Peter Decherney
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Publication Date: 2005-04-06
Explores how Hollywood and cultural institutions worked together, amid ethnic diversity, the rise of mass entertainment, world war, and the global spread of American culture, to insure their own survival and profitability and to provide a coherent, though shifting, American identity.

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Lost Illusions - David A. Cook
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Publication Date: 1999-11-05
Looks at how the emergence of new technology, such as steadicam and Dolby sound, and a new generation of talent challenged the old ways, with films like "Nashville" and "Five Easy Pieces".

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Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film - Barry Keith Grant
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ISBN: 9780028657912
Publication Date: 2006-12-15
This reference provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history.

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The Arts - Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. Staff (Compiled by)
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Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Contains articles that explore different formats of art, from visual to performing, as well as brief biographies of influential artists from the past and present.

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The Columbia Companion to American History on Film - Peter C. Rollins (Editor)
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Publication Date: 2004-03-24
A reference guide for newcomers to film studies. Advanced scholars will also benefit from the historical analyses and interpretations of film texts.

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The Emergence of the Cinema - Charles Musser; Charles H. Harpole (Editor)
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Publication Date: 1990-02-01
Provides an overview of the beginnings of cinema through the first boom in the specialized moving-picture theaters known as nickelodeons, looking at the initial years of projected motion pictures and their aural accompaniment from 1895 to the fall of 1907. Early American cinema is examined as an industry and as an influential cultural practice in the context of a centuries-long history of projected images.

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The Talkies U. S. Cinema's Transition to Sound - Don Crafton
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Publication Date: 1997-12-12
Chronicles the film industry's transition from silent films to sound cinema as it takes a critical step on its way to becoming the modern business enterprise of the 1930s.

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The Transformation of Cinema - Eileen Bowser; Charles H. Harpole (Editor)
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Publication Date: 1990-12-01
Chronicles the history of the American film business from the days of the little store-show nickelodeon to the premiere of D. W. Griffith's The Birth of A Nation, looking at the imbalance of the "Griffith did it all" cliche by discussing the efforts of countless lesser-known figures who also helped to create Hollywood and shape the growing American film industry. The effect of the surroundings are all examined for their impact on the filmgoing experience.

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The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film - Cynthia Lucia (Editor); Roy Grundmann (Editor); Art Simon (Editor)
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Publication Date: 2011-12-12
Provides a chronological portrait of American film history from its origins to the present day.

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Transforming the Screen 1950-1959 - Peter Lev
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Publication Date: 2003-07-17
Explores the challenges American cinema faced in the 1950's from the divorce of production companies from theater chains forced by an anti- trust decision, to the growth of television.

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VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
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Reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.

 

Film Noir

film noir

Genre of dark, cynical crime film. Thematically indebted to the "hard-boiled" school of fiction, and stylistically to German expressionism, French poetic realism, and the constraints imposed by B film-making, film noir first appeared in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Examples are Double Indemnity (1944) by Billy Wilder and In a Lonely Place (1950) by Nicholas Ray. Read more..

Performing Arts

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Learn about the origins of the theatre, drama and dance including famous actors and dancers.
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