In Glorious Technicolor: A Century of Film and How it has Shaped Us

In Glorious Technicolor A Century of Film and How it has Shaped Us At the end of the nineteenth century audiences were enthralled by the flickering image of an oncoming train in a Lumi re Brothers short film than a hundred years later the immersive fantasy of Avatar

  • Title: In Glorious Technicolor: A Century of Film and How it has Shaped Us
  • Author: Francine Stock
  • ISBN: 9780099535645
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the end of the nineteenth century, audiences were enthralled by the flickering image of an oncoming train in a Lumi re Brothers short film than a hundred years later the immersive fantasy of Avatar enveloped audiences around the globe Film is a communal dream in which our fears and fantasies are revealed, often to startling effect It has influenced our behaviouAt the end of the nineteenth century, audiences were enthralled by the flickering image of an oncoming train in a Lumi re Brothers short film than a hundred years later the immersive fantasy of Avatar enveloped audiences around the globe Film is a communal dream in which our fears and fantasies are revealed, often to startling effect It has influenced our behaviour in small but significant ways, from the widespread abandonment of vests after Clark Gable s example in It Happened One Night to gangsters holding their weapons at movie cool angles, improving their image but not their aim It has intertwined with politics, helping to forge national identity, galvanise against a wartime enemy or warn of social upheaval via horror or science fiction It has burrowed deep into our psyche, changing perceptions of history and memory one study showed soldiers recall may sometimes owe to war films than actual experience It has even raised romantic expectations that for us, too, the one will arrive for that big clinch in the final reel Despite decades of rapid change, we are still hypnotised and seduced by the power of cinema it remains our most persuasive mass entertainment In this fascinating, entertaining and illuminating book Francine Stock takes us on a personal journey through a glorious century of cinema, showing in vivid detail how film both reflects and makes our world.

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    1. The title comes from the time the author went as a child to see My Fair Lady: the opening title sequence, with the flourish of technicolor flowers, seemed to her as being more real and astonishing than reality itself. This feeling of a kind of hyper-reality which film seems to embody as if by definition has stayed with her: and the concept of its imposition of something more to our everyday lives then mere reality could provide is a core concern of this work. It is just over a century since cine [...]

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