George Méliès

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Manchester University Press, 2000 M09 2 - 166 pages
Before the turn of the twentieth century, before the nickelodeon, even before the first cinemas, Georges Melies began making movies. Directing, editing, producing, designing, and starring in over 500 films between 1896 to 1912, Melies was also the first cinematic auteur. This is the first study of Melies's films to appear in English in over twenty years and the only book to interpret his work using the tools of modern film analysis. Locates the roots of modern narrative cinema in Melies's work, identifying techniques of editing and mise-en-scene previously thought to have originated with D. W. Griffith.
 

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Contents

Melies does tricks
24
Fantastic realism
50
The amazing flying woman
89
Imaginary voyages
117
Conclusion
149
INDEX
164
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Elizabeth Ezra teaches in the French Department at the University of Stirling.

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