Death of Cinema History, Cultural Memory and the Digital Dark Age

ISBN-10: 0851708374
ISBN-13: 9780851708379
Edition: 2001
List price: $32.00
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Description: It is estimated that about one and a half billion hours of moving images were produced in 1999, twice as many as a decade before. If that rate of growth continues, one hundred billion hours of moving images will be made in the year 2025. In 1895  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 5/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

It is estimated that about one and a half billion hours of moving images were produced in 1999, twice as many as a decade before. If that rate of growth continues, one hundred billion hours of moving images will be made in the year 2025. In 1895 there were just above forty minutes of moving images to be seen, and most of them are now preserved. Today, for every film made, thousands of them disappear forever without leaving a trace. Meanwhile, public and private institutions are struggling to save the film heritage with largely insufficient resources and ever increasing pressure from the commercial world. Are they wasting their time? Is the much feared and much touted Death of Cinema already occurring before our eyes? Is digital technology the solution to the problem, or just another illusion promoted by the industry? In a provocative essay designed as a collection of aphorisms and letters, Paolo Cherchi Usai brings an impassioned scrutiny to bear on these issues with a critique of film preservation, an indictiment of the crimes perpetuated in its name, and a proposal to give a new analytical framework to a major cultural phenomenon of our time. The Death of Cinemais published in Italian asL'ultimo spettatore. Sulla distruzione del cinema 1999, Editore Il Castoro.

Michael Berry is assistant professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the translator of To Liveby Yu Hua, Nanjing 1937: A Love Storyby Ye Zhaoyan, and Wild Kids: Two Novels about Growing Upby Chang Ta-Chun.Michael Berry is assistant professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the translator of To Liveby Yu Hua, Nanjing 1937: A Love Storyby Ye Zhaoyan, and Wild Kids: Two Novels about Growing Upby Chang Ta-Chun.

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