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Title Black & white cinema : a short history / Wheeler Winston Dixon.
Author Dixon, Wheeler W., 1950- author.
Publication New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
Description xv, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 791.436 D
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Origins -- The 1930s: escapism and reality -- The 1940s: a black-and-white world -- The 1950s: the age of anxiety -- The 1960s: endgame.
Summary "From the glossy monochrome of the classic Hollywood romance, to the gritty greyscale of the gangster picture, to film noir's moody interplay of light and shadow, black-and-white cinematography has been used to create a remarkably wide array of tones. Yet today, with black-and-white film stock nearly impossible to find, these cinematographic techniques are virtually extinct, and filmgoers' appreciation of them is similarly waning. Black and White Cinema is the first study to consider the use of black-and-white as an art form in its own right, providing a comprehensive and global overview of the era when it flourished, from the 1900s to the 1960s. Acclaimed film scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon introduces us to the masters of this art, discussing the signature styles and technical innovations of award-winning cinematographers like James Wong Howe, Gregg Toland, Freddie Francis, and Sven Nykvist. Giving us a unique glimpse behind the scenes, Dixon also reveals the creative teams--from lighting technicians to matte painters--whose work profoundly shaped the look of black-and-white cinema. More than just a study of film history, this book is a rallying cry, meant to inspire a love for the artistry of black-and-white film, so that we might work to preserve this important part of our cinematic heritage. Lavishly illustrated with more than forty on-the-set stills, Black and White Cinema provides a vivid and illuminating look at a creatively vital era."--Publisher's web site.
Subject Black and white films -- History and criticism.
Cinematography -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures -- History -- 20th century.
Black and white films. (OCoLC)fst01920466
Cinematography. (OCoLC)fst00861484
Motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01027285
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Alt Title Black and white cinema
ISBN 9780813572420 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0813572428 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780813572413 (pbk. : alk. paper) :
081357241X (pbk. : alk. paper)

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