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- Duke University Press
- 41 illustrations
- 231 x 152 x 18 mm
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- 431 g
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Kristen Whissel is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. The Early Cinema Encounters Empire: War Actualities, American Modernity, and Military Masculinity 21 2. Placing Audiences on the Scene of History: Modern Warfare and the Battle Reenactment at the Turn of the Century 63 3. Electric Modernity and the Cinema at the Pan-American Exposition: The City of Living Light 117 4. Regulating Mobility: Traffic, Technology, and Feature-Length Narrativity 161 Conclusion 215 Notes 233 Bibliography 253 Index 263