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City of Cinema: Paris, 1850 –1907

City of Cinema: Paris, 1850 –1907

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City of Cinema: Paris, 1850 –1907

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Leah Lehmbeck et al. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2022. Organized in association with Musee d'Orsay et du Musee de l'Orangerie-Valery Giscard-d'Estaing, Paris. Published in association with DelMonico Books.D.A.P., New York.

192 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly b&w). 30 x 25 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781636810218

Please note this show opened in Paris at the Musee d'Orsay under the title, Enfin le cinema! and varies from the exhibition in Los Angeles. See Worldwide, W034114 for the French language exhibition catalogue. Publisher's description: City of Cinema traces film’s evolution from an obscure entertainment to the most powerful art form of the 20th century. Placing cinema in the context of 19th-century Parisian visual culture, this book brings together posters, paintings, studio and documentary photography, and film stills that evoke Paris as a site of consumption, demonstrate early cinema’s relationship with technology and the fine arts, and highlight local and global spaces of film production. It also examines the aspects of 19th-century visual culture that gave rise to cinema as a quintessentially modern medium with an eager audience. Aligning with French beliefs that the nation’s culture would be democratized through consumption, cinema reinforced a set of assumptions about French cultural and political authority and disseminated these ideas to the rest of the world.Presented here are images of and from the street by Jean Beraud, Charles Marville, Jules Cheret and Auguste and Louis Lumière; the technological experimentation of Loie Fuller, Emile Reynaud and Georges Melies; and the plein-air observations of Camille Pissarro and the staged artifice of Jean-Leon Gerome—all of which can be considered alongside the prototype film studios of Georges Melies, Gaumont and Pathe.At the dawn of the 20th century, cinema is as much, if not more, a way of appropriating the world. Through arresting images and incisive texts, this book examines the origins of cinema and its position as a global medium.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- France -- 1800-1900 ; 1900-1945 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

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