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Before Hollywood: From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen
Paul Clee (au)
It is 1895, and a crowd has gathered in Paris to experience the latest technological wonder. The event will go down in history as the birth of the movies. But the story of moving pictures actually began hundreds of years earlier. First, there were shadow plays that used light to cast figures onto a screen; toys with pictures that spun and whirled to create the illusion of movement; and projection shows that tricked people into believing they were seeing ghosts. With firsthand accounts and newspaper reports, excerpts from the notes of early inventors, and descriptions and diagrams of detailed optical gadgets, this lavishly illustrated book offers a fascinating look at the world of entertainment before Hollywood, and explains how today’s movies came to be.
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