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Written by a team of veteran scholars and emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the international traditions of the field, drawing out regional differences in the way that intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been transformed into a field of systematic inquiry. It reflects on the field's conceptual infrastructure, the dominant paradigms and debates, and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks optimistically to the future of film, the institution of cinema, and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film is being called into question by new technological, industrial, and aesthetic developments.
Chapter 13: Film and History
Film and History
How many vague descriptions we will abandon the day a class can watch, projected on precise and moving images, the calm or troubled faces of a deliberating assembly, the meeting of chiefs of state ready to sign an alliance, the departure of troops and squadrons, or even the mobile and changing physiognomy of cities.
The enthusiasm evinced by Boleslas Matuszewski about moving pictures as the basis of a vast historical image archive, dates back to the very early years of film's history. Although as an unemployed cameraman Matuszewski may have had self-interested reasons for promoting film, his 1898 description anticipates what has become a commonplace notion about the power of film. Rather than the vague descriptions ...