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The West in early cinema: after the beginning

The West in early cinema: after the beginning

Verhoeff, Nanna

Verhoeff investigates the emergence of the western genre, made in the first two decades of cinema (1895-1915). By analyzing many unknown and forgotten films from international archives she traces the relationships between films about the American West, their surrounding films, and other popular media such as photography, painting, (pulp) literature, Wild West Shows and popular ethnography. Through this exploration of archival material she raises new questions of historiography and provides a model for historical analysis. These first traces of the Western film reveal a preoccupation with presence and actuality that informs us about the way in which film, as new medium, took shape within the context of its contemporary visual culture. In The West in Early Cinema gaat Nanna Verhoeff op zoek naar de nog onbekende beginjaren van het westerngenre tijdens de eerste twee decennia van het medium film 1895-1915). Aan de hand van onbekende en vergeten films uit internationale filmarchieven traceert zij de relaties tussen films over het Westen, omringende filmgenres uit deze periode, en andere populaire media als fotografie, schilderkunst, (pulp)literatuur, Wild West Shows en populaire etnografie. Deze sporen van het genre tonen een grote actualiteit en variatie, die laat zien op welke manier de film als nieuw medium een vorm vond binnen de toenmalige visuele cultuur

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Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2006

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Statement of responsibility: Nanna Verhoeff
ISBN: 1280958278, 1423785282, 142945461X, 9048509742, 905356831X, 9053568328, 9781280958274, 9781423785286, 9781429454612, 9789048509744, 9789053568316, 9789053568323
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note: English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (459 pages) : illustrations.
System: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series: Film culture in transition
Subject: Wilder Westen; Western films History and criticism.; Wild-westfilms.; Motion pictures History.; Films.; Motion pictures.; Film.; Western films.; PERFORMING ARTS Film & Video Reference.; Multi-User.; Motieven (kunst); Film, TV and radio.; Films, cinema.; Music, Dance, Drama & Film.; Westernfilm; Kultur; The arts.; USA.
Restrictions: Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Series Title: Film culture in transition.


  1. 1.

    1. After-effects.
    2. Bits & Pieces
    3. City Limits
    4. Deconstructing the Other
    5. Easterns
    6. Facts and Fictions
    7. Genre
  2. 2.

    1. Coincidences.
    2. History Lessons
    3. Instant Nostalgia
    4. Jeopardy
    5. KaleidoscopicWorlds
    6. Landscapes
    7. Modernities
  3. 3.

    1. Strategies.
    2. Narrativity
    3. Old Timers
    4. Picture Postcards
    5. Questioning Categories
    6. Riding theWilderness
    7. Spectacle
    8. Time Travel
  4. 4.

    1. Practices.
    2. Universal Ambition
    3. Virtual Museums
    4. WildWest Show
    5. X-Rated
    6. YoungWildWomen
    7. Zooming In, Zapping, Zooming Out.