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Riassunto: Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Excerpt: ... Chapter Ten: Its Motion Pictures For all the dumfounding magnificences of its pressagents' rhetoric, the motion picture, in this bloomy day of its history, exhibits still nothing that visibly lifts it above the artistic and aesthetic level of Chinese cooking or a German ballet. Though its mechanism has indicated various degrees of improvement, though it has occasionally brought to itself some of the work of men of first-rate endeavour in the field of literature, though it has traveled to the ends of the earth in successful search of lovely and appropriate backgrounds, and though in the general enterprise it has liberally expended millions of dollars, it remains yet precisely what it was in its infancy: a mere ingenious mechanical toy for children. It would seem to be the fashion to lay the blame for this status quo, this monotonous left-right leftright, of the cinema on the general illiteracy and cheapness of its impresarios. But while these qualities are to be denied the latter not even by their most friendly biographers, these same qualities have actually very little to do, whether the one way or the other, with the motion picture's arrested development. Education, cultural experience and breeding are intrinsically no more essential to the manufacture of the motion picture, good or bad, than to the manufacture of pink chemises or vaudeville acts. These attributes are, in truth, a handicap. And the belief of certain persons that the motion picture might be made a finer and more beautiful thing, and something approaching to an art, did its governors have college degrees and social background is akin to the belief that Professor William Lyon Phelps and Mrs. Herman Oelrichs might make an art out of the view of an actor staring pop-eyed at the camera and thus registering alarm where th...
Sinossi: George Jean Nathan (1882-1958) was a formative influence on American letters in the first half of this century, and is generally considered the leading drama critic of his era. With H. L. Mencken, Nathan edited The Smart Set and founded and edited The American Mercury, journals that shaped opinion in the 1920s and 1930s. This series of reprints, individually introduced by the distinguished critic and novelist Charles Angoff, collects Nathan's penetrating, witty, and sometimes cynical drama criticism.
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Descrizione libro Classic Books, 1918. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP85950665
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97807426421334.0