An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928, Volume 3
Scribner, 1990 - Performing Arts - 395 pages
V. 1. The emergence of cinema : the American screen to 1907 / Charles Musser -- v. 2. The transformation of cinema, 1907-1915 / Eileen Bowser -- v. 3. An evening's entertainment : the age of the silent feature picture, 1915-1928 / Richard Koszarski -- v. 4. The talkies : American cinema's transition to sound, 1926-1931 / Donald Crafton -- v. 5. Grand design : Hollywood as a modern business enterprise, 1930-1939 / Tino Balio -- v. 6. Boom and bust : the American cinema in the 1940s / Thomas Schatz -- v. 7. Transforming the screen, 1950-1959 / Peter Lev -- v. 8. The sixties, 1960-1969 / Paul Monaco -- v. 9. Lost illusions : American cinema in the shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979 / David A. Cook -- v. 10. A new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989 / Stephen Prince.
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But 1926 marked the climax of a revolution that Abbott allowed to pass unnoticed:
the triumph of panchromatic negative stock in the Hollywood studios. In 1915
Eastman Kodak offered only one negative stock and one positive release- print ...
Such a negative was unable to distinguish a white cloud in a blue sky and had a
great deal of trouble with blue-eyed actors and actresses. The use of filters and
various lighting tricks could mask some of these problems, but the results were ...
Criticized by those who felt that every negative needed uniform density
throughout (so-called "one-light" negatives), he answered that negatives could
be timed, with varying densities compensated for by automatic light changes
during printing ...
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These are the initial three volumes in a projected ten-volume series, scheduled for completion in 1993, which explores American cinema through the 1980s. Musser, who teaches film studies at NYU and ... Read full review
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