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Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir


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Acknowledgments Introduction: The Rhetoric of Light Part I: Lighting in the Silent Period 1. Mechanics or Artists? 2. From the Portrait to the Close-Up 3. The Drama of Light 4. Organizing the Image Part II: Classical Hollywood Lighting 5. Inventing the Observer 6. Conventions and Functions 7. The Art of Balance Part III: Shifting Patterns of Shadow 8. The Promises and Problems of Technicolor 9. The Flow of the River 10. Film Noir and the Limits of Classicism Conclusion: Epilogue Notes Index

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Based on original research, this book forms an intelligent and perceptive study of a largely neglected but crucial aspect of Hollywood style. Knowledgeable about commentary on lighting across different genres and forms, Patrick Keating develops an analytical template for examining cinematographic practices that is logical, subtle, and powerful. -- Charles Wolfe, University of California, Santa Barbara There is no book like Patrick Keating's that gives the uninitiated viewer a clear, systematic, formally rigorous, and historical understanding of light and shadow in studio movies. -- James O. Naremore, Indiana University

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Patrick Keating is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University, where he teaches courses in film and media studies.


Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir should be considered essential reading by all film students and aspiring directors. Midwest Book Review This readable book provides welcome profiles of eminent cinematographers... and valuable research on the American Society of Cinematographers... Highly recommended. Choice This book taught my students and me to watch films in a new way. -- Karla Oeler Film Quarterly

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