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The Cinema and Its ShadowRace and Technology in Early Cinema$
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Alice Maurice

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678044

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.001.0001

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Face, Race, and Screen

Face, Race, and Screen

Close-ups and the Transition to the Feature Film

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(p.70) 2 Face, Race, and Screen
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The Cinema and Its Shadow
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Alice Maurice

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678044.003.0003

In the second chapter, I discuss debates about the close-up—focusing on both the discourse surrounding the close-up in the latter part of cinema’s transitional era as well as on contemporary theoretical debates in film studies. If, in the first years of the twentieth century, the cinema was finding many ways to turn exhibition into narrative, by the teens American cinema turned its attention toward realism and respectability, which often meant turning away from its past. As American cinema stood out at the threshold of the feature film era, cinema’s realism and cultural status would depend upon formal techniques that would ensure spatial and temporal coherence and encourage the spectator’s identification and “incorporation” into the cinematic text.

Keywords:   Cinema, Race, Technology, Body, Shadow, Rhetoric, Image, Performance

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