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Research Paper (undergraduate) from the year 2003 in the subject Film Science, grade: A+, Concordia University Montreal (Mel Hoppenhim School For Cinema), course: Montage Aesthethics, language: English, abstract: Before I come to the main analysis of "A Corner In Wheat" (1909) by D.W. Griffith concerning Parallel and Continuity Editing, I would like to point out one special process of the development of filmmaking, which occurred in the first years since 1895. There by the most interesting part related to the topic of this paper is the development since the middle of the year 1907. At that time "the production companies began to observe a strict linear time frame ". (Musser, Archeology of the cinema, 1983, page 7) The process took part in mainly two phases. "First, there was an elimination of retrogressive elements like overlapping action [...] [, for instance] there is rapid cutting between proximate spaces and [...] a strong suggestion of a seamless linear temporality across shot." (Musser, p.7) Of course this means not yet an establishment of a hole strategies like a match cut on action - at that time there are still used intertitles for example - but it is a kind of development, which made the viewers aware of new possibilities of making films. Especially concerning the movement of time. "[They (the viewers) ] no longer had to wonder if action shown in a given scene occurred before or after a previously shown action" (Musser, p.7). The second phase created "new representational strategies based on this new form of temporality" (Musser, p.7). In the late 1907 the usage of parallel editing first appeared and got established concerning the linear temporality. Musser mentions the film "The Runaway Horse" from Pathé, which "explicitly acknowledged a linear temporality through its use of parallel editing." Parallel Editing means "cutting back and forth between two lines of actions" (Musser, p.7). [...]

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Genre : Performing Arts
Author : Oliver Schill
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
Release : 2004-01-14
File : 11 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9783638245227

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The most comprehensive volume on one of the most controversial directors in American film history A Companion to D.W. Griffith offers an exhaustive look at the first acknowledged auteur of the cinema and provides an authoritative account of the director’s life, work, and lasting filmic legacy. The text explores how Griffith’s style and status advanced along with cinema’s own development during the years when narrative became the dominant mode, when the short gave way to the feature, and when film became the pre-eminent form of mass entertainment. Griffith was at the centre of each of these changes: though a contested figure, he remains vital to any understanding of how cinema moved from nickelodeon fixture to a national pastime, playing a significant role in the cultural ethos of America. With the renewed interest in Griffith’s contributions to the film industry, A Companion to D.W. Griffith offers a scholarly look at a career that spanned more than 25 years. The editor, a leading scholar on D.W. Griffith, and the expert contributors collectively offer a unique account of one of the monumental figures in film studies. Presents the most authoritative, complete account of the director’s life, work, and lasting legacy Builds on the recent resurgence in the director’s scholarly and popular reputation Edited by a leading authority on D.W. Griffith, who has published extensively on this controversial director Offers the most up-to-date, singularly comprehensive volume on one of the monumental figures in film studies

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Genre : Performing Arts
Author : Charles Keil
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2018-02-05
File : 624 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781118341254

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Genre : Performing Arts
Author : Tom Gunning
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Release : 1994
File : 316 Pages
ISBN-13 : 025206366X

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This book offers a significant and original contribution to studies on D.W. Griffith and film, through a systematic analysis of the director’s chase scenes, which create suspense and resolution in his films. The predominance of the emphasis of building suspense differs in the various stages of his chase scenes. The primary source of material discussed here is Griffith’s films after 1913 when he left the Biograph Company. Griffith’s post-Biograph films are more complete and representative of his techniques than his earlier films, which were subject to financial constraints while he was still innovating and developing his cinematic techniques. Most of his films used in this analysis were provided by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The purpose of this study is to determine a definition of a Griffithian chase scene in terms of his editing techniques. Categories are established, defining specific tools. This is done by determining and documenting consistencies, comparisons, and specific patterns occurring in his chase scenes that generally do not occur in his general editing. Griffith’s basic mechanics in editing are filmic time and space, parallel action, referential crosscutting, and decomposition. A major finding in this book is that Griffith’s chase scenes are the most important part of his films in terms of suspense and resolution. His chase scenes are complex, unique and sometimes even unpredictable. As such, this is an important new work on D.W. Griffith, and will be of interest to scholars and others interested in both the director and film, and will also be an asset to libraries and bookstores.

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Genre : Performing Arts
Author : George Pavlou
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release : 2018-12-21
File : 166 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781527523999

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Succinct, lively, and affordable, ESSENTIAL CINEMA: AN INTRODUCTION TO FILM ANALYSIS vividly illustrates principles in action as it helps you develop effective skills in close analysis. The book is packed with frame captures you can readily relate to, and it also features interviews with film practitioners throughout, giving you insight into real-world practice. In addition, unique screening questions at the end of each chapter help you apply chapter concepts to any film you watch, while the running glossary and end-of-text illustrated glossary offer easy access to full explanations of concepts. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

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Genre : Art
Author : Jon Lewis
Publisher : Nelson Education
Release : 2013-01-01
File : 352 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781285530147

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" The year was 1865. With the close of the Civil War, there began for the South, an era of even greater turmoil. In The Clansman, his controversial 1905 novel, later the basis of the motion picture The Birth of a Nation, Thomas Dixon, describes the social, political, and economic disintegration that plagued the South during Reconstruction, depicting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the reactions of two families to racial conflict. This study in social history was alternatively praised and damned by contemporary critics. As historian Thomas D. Clark notes in his introduction, the novel "opened wider a vein of racial hatred which was to poison further an age already in social and political upheaval. Dixon had in fact given voice in his novel to one of the most powerful latent forces in the social and political mind of the South." For modern readers, The Clansman probes the roots of the racial violence that still haunts our society.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Thomas Dixon
Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
Release : 2013-12-06
File : 392 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780813145839

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Genre : American periodicals
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Release : 1975-02
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : UCAL:B3239042

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Genre : Communication
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Publisher :
Release : 1990
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : UOM:39015037378372

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Genre : Performing Arts
Author : Brian Henderson
Publisher : Dutton Adult
Release : 1980
File : 233 Pages
ISBN-13 : UOM:39015003841320

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In early 1996, an international group of 35 specialists in silent cinema volunteered to write commentaries on more than six hundred films directed, written, produced and supervised by D.W. Griffith – or featuring him as a performer – for the eleven-volume series The Griffith Project, the largest monograph ever assembled on an individual film director, in conjunction with the massive retrospective held at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival from 1996 to 2008. All authors involved inThe Griffith Project were bound to strict editorial rules, most notably the fact that all titles in the series would be assigned to them in pre-determined groups rather than as a result of their own individual preference for this or that specific entry. The patience and commitment demonstrated by all scholars in this endeavor requires at least a symbolic recognition. We therefore invited the members of the project team to write an essay on a (D.W. Griffith-related) topic of their own choice. The papers included in this volume constitute the response to our carte blanche invitation. Our offer was also extended to other experts on D.W. Griffith who, for various reasons, were unable to participate inThe Griffith Project but consistently supported it with their generous advice and insight. This volume brings The Griffith Project to completion, as 2008 sees the last installment of the D.W. Griffith program at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival with the screening of his films produced between 1925 and 1931. Not surprisingly, twelve years of research on D.W. Griffith have unearthed an impressive wealth of knowledge but also an equally amazing array of new questions, certainly enough of them to fill several more volumes. Some of them (including the increasingly complex issue of D.W. Griffith's role as production supervisor) are only introduced or barely mentioned here, but we are confident that what we have called the “Griffith Project” will continue – at the Giornate and elsewhere – with more research and newly found or preserved prints.

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Genre : Performing Arts
Author : Eileen Bowser
Publisher : British Film Inst
Release : 1999
File : 220 Pages
ISBN-13 : UCSC:32106019831830

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