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Studios Before the SystemArchitecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space$
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Brian R. Jacobson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172813

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172813.001.0001

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Georges Méliès’s “Glass House”

Georges Méliès’s “Glass House”

Cineplasticity for a Human-Built World

(p.55) 2 Georges Méliès’s “Glass House”
Studios Before the System

Brian R. Jacobson

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Georges Méliès's glass-and-iron studio, the first studio in France and the model that would become the standard form for studio architecture through the 1910s. Situating the development of “glass house” studios in nineteenth-century glass-and-iron architecture, the chapter argues that the same spatial and material qualities–including spatial fluidity, material plasticity, and artificiality–that contemporary critics observed in the late nineteenth-century architectural forms characterized the glass studios and reappeared in the form of the films made in them.

Keywords:   Méliès, Disdéri, Plasticity, glass and iron architecture, photography, studio

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