Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9780859896658 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only

The Great Art Of Light And Shadow

Archaeology of the Cinema

Laurent Mannoni

The Great Art Of Light And Shadow
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Laurent Mannoni

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Translated by Richard Crangle
512 pages | 56 illustrations | 9-1/10 x 6-1/10
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9780859896658 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Widely regarded by historians of the early moving picture as the best work yet published on pre-cinema, The Great Art of Light and Shadow: Archaeology of the Cinema throws light on a fascinating range of optical media from the twelfth century to the turn of the twentieth. First published in French in 1994 and now translated into English, Laurent Mannoni's account projects a broad picture of the subject area now known as 'pre-cinema'.
 
Starting from the earliest uses of the camera obscura in astronomy and entertainment, Mannoni discusses, among many other devices, the invention and early years of the magic lantern in the seventeenth century, the peepshows and perspective views of the eighteenth century, and the many weird and wonderful nineteenth-century attempts to recreate visions of real life in different ways and forms. This fully-illustrated and accessible account of a strange mixture of science, magic, art and deception introduces to an English-speaking readership many aspects of pre-cinema history from other European countries.
The New Magic Lantern Journal

“Richard Crangle’s technical understanding is evident throughout – and the result is peerless   . . . It has taken a great many years to create a widespread understanding that screen techniques did not start with 1895 and the Lumières.  In this contribution to that understanding Laurent Mannoni tackles, with resounding success, a myriad of related media techniques, spanning half a millennium. To quote David Robinson’s Foreward, this is 'no cold, dry, academic study, but a pulsing, vital chronicle'.” –The New Magic Lantern Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter 2001

The New Magic Lantern Journal

“Richard Crangle’s technical understanding is evident throughout – and the result is peerless   . . . It has taken a great many years to create a widespread understanding that screen techniques did not start with 1895 and the Lumières.  In this contribution to that understanding Laurent Mannoni tackles, with resounding success, a myriad of related media techniques, spanning half a millennium. To quote David Robinson’s Foreward, this is 'no cold, dry, academic study, but a pulsing, vital chronicle'.” –The New Magic Lantern Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter 2001

Contents
PART ONE - The dreams of the eye

CHAPTER 1 - Dark rooms and magic mirrors
CHAPTER 2 - Light in the darkness
CHAPTER 3 - The 'Lantern of Fear' tours the world

PART TWO - Triumphant illusions

CHAPTER 4 - Magie Lumineuse in the country and the city
CHAPTER 5 - ''Life and Motion' The eighteenth-century lantern slide
CHAPTER 6 -The Phantasmagoria
CHAPTER 7 - From Panarama to Daguerreotype
PART THREE - 'The pencil of nature'

CHAPTER 8 - The Pirouette of the dancer
CHAPTER 9 - The 'vital question' resolved?
CHAPTER 10 - Great Expectations
CHAPTER 11 - The Magic Lantern: A Sovereign and her subjects
PART FOUR - Inscribing Movement

CHAPTER 12 - The passage of Venus and the galloping horse
CHAPTER 13 - Marey releases the dove
CHAPTER 14 -The big wheel of little mirrors
CHAPTER 15 - Edison and his 'films through the keyhole'
CHAPTER 16 - The labourers of the eleventh hour

APPENDIX A: Museums displaying interesting items relating to the history of 'pre-cinema' media.

APPENDIX B: Report of the scientists Jamin and Richer on the phantasmogirie of Robertson anf the Phantasmaparastasie of Clisorius (17 July - 2 August 1800).

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