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The Shape of Spectatorship: Art, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany

Scott Curtis


Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern spectatorship. Focusing on the nontheatrical use of motion picture technology in Germany between the 1890s and World War I, he follows researchers, teachers, and intellectuals as they negotiated the fascinating, at times fraught relationship between technology, discipline, and expert vision. As these specialists struggled to come to terms with motion pictures, they advanced new ideas of mass spectatorship that continue to affect the way we make and experience film. Staging a ... More

Keywords: Motion pictures, Early cinema, Art, Science, mass spectatorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231134033
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231134033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Curtis, author