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dc.contributor.authorCowan, Michael
dc.description.abstractThis study traces the evolution of early film societies in Germany and Austria, from the emergence of mass movie theaters in the 1910s to the turbulent years of the late Weimar Republic. Examining a diverse array of groups, it approaches film societies as formations designed to assimilate and influence a new medium: a project emerging from the world of amateur science before taking new directions into industry, art and politics. Through an interdisciplinary approach—in dialogue with social history, print history and media archaeology—it also transforms our theoretical understanding of what a film society was and how it operated. Far from representing a mere collection of pre-formed cinephiles, film societies were, according to the book’s central argument, productive social formations, which taught people how to nurture their passion for the movies, how to engage with cinema, and how to interact with each other. Ultimately, the study argues that examining film societies can help to reveal the diffuse agency by which generative ideas of cinema take shape.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFilm Culture in Transition
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.otherFilm societies, German cinema, Austrian cinema, film culture, film journals, media archaeology, scientific film, film industries, cinephilia, film activism
dc.subject.otherthema EDItEUR::N History and Archaeology::NH History::NHD European history
dc.subject.otherthema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AT Performing arts::ATF Films, cinema::ATFA Film history, theory or criticism
dc.subject.otherthema EDItEUR::J Society and Social Sciences::JB Society and culture: general::JBC Cultural and media studies::JBCT Media studies
dc.titleFilm Societies in Germany and Austria 1910-1933
dc.title.alternativeTracing the Social Life of Cinema

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