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Deathwatch – American Film, Technology, and the End of Life - Columbia Scholarship Online
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Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

C. Scott Combs


This book unpacks American cinema's long history of representing death and considers movie sequences in which the process of dying becomes an exercise in legibility and exploration for the camera. It reviews attractions-based cinema, narrative films, early sound cinema and films using voiceover or images of medical technology. In this way it connects the slow or static process of dying to formal film innovation throughout the twentieth century. It looks at Thomas Edison's Electrocuting an Elephant (1903), D. W. Griffith's The Country Doctor (1909), John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (1941), B ... More

Keywords: dying, American cinema, Thomas Edison, Electrocuting an Elephant, death in cinema, film, Million Dollar Baby, How Green Was My Valley, Sunset Boulevard, The Country Doctor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231163477
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Scott Combs, author
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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