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Jennifer Wild on Early Cinema & Popular Entertinament

by Brett Service

In this clip from 'Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies' (2008), film historian Jennifer Wild situates early cinema within the turn-of-the-century popular entertainment landscape. With a particular focus on the French context, she alludes to cinema's intersection with live variety entertainments, circuses, department stores, etc. Shifts in various spaces of consumption have implications for social interaction and for the cultural validation of cinema. One might consider how these dynamics differ in different national contexts and to what degree cinema was able to displace or disrupt different entertainment traditions with varying degrees of cultural entrenchment.

Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies (2008): Early Cinema as Popular Entertainment

In this sequence from 'Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies" (2008), film historian Jennifer Wild situates early cinema in relation to other turn-of-the-century entertainments.

from Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008)
Creator: Arne Glimcher
Distributor: Arthouse Films
Posted by Brett Service
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