Curtis, Scott.

The shape of spectatorship : art, science, and early cinema in Germany. / Scott Curtis. - 1 online resource (xv, 371 pages) : illustrations - JSTOR eBooks Film and Culture Series . - Film and culture. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Science's cinematic method: motion pictures and scientific research -- Between observation and spectatorship: medicine, movies, and mass culture -- The taste of a nation: educating the senses and sensibilities of film spectators -- The problem with passivity: aesthetic contemplation and film spectatorship -- Conclusion: toward a tactile historiography.

In this exceptionally wide-ranging study, Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern conceptions of spectatorship. Focusing on the nontheatrical use of motion picture technology in Germany between the 1890s and World War I, he follows specialists across disciplines as they debated and appropriated film for their own ends, negotiating the fascinating, at times fraught relationship between technology, discipline, and expert vision.


In English.

0231508638 9780231508636

10.7312/curt13402 doi

822472 MIL BF1E561F-4ACF-4645-8305-9BB5E2B5D9F9 OverDrive, Inc. http://www.overdrive.com 22573/ctt14d305p JSTOR


Motion pictures--Aesthetics.
Motion pictures in science--Germany.


Electronic book.

PN1993.5.G3

791.4