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Abel, Richard 1941-

Works: 40 works in 300 publications in 5 languages and 11,223 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Encyclopedias  Conference papers and proceedings  Reference works  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN1993.5.F7, 791.430973
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Most widely held works by Richard Abel
French cinema : the first wave, 1915-1929 by Richard Abel( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of early cinema by Richard Abel( Book )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This encyclopedia covers all aspects of scholarship on early cinema, both traditional and revisionist. It contains articles on the technological and industrial developments, the techniques of film production, the actors and filmmakers of the time, and on the changing modes of representation and narration, as well as the social and cultural contexts within which early films circulated, including topics such as distribution, exhibition, and audience. Beyond the USA and Europe, attention is also given to the wider international picture, including those regions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South and Central America where filmmaking may have been relatively undeveloped but movie-going was significant." "More than 950 entries have been commissioned from internationally recognized specialists. Alphabetically organized, the entries range in length from short factual articles to full essays that offer clear and stimulating discussions of the key issues, people, practices, and phenomena of early cinema. A thematic list of entries is a useful guide through the book, and all entries contain detailed cross-references. The longer articles have considered suggestions for further reading, which are complemented by a general bibliography of specialized works on early cinema."--Jacket
The ciné goes to town : French cinema, 1896-1914 by Richard Abel( Book )

36 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Abel's magisterial new book radically rewrites the history of French cinema between 1896 and 1914, particularly during the years when Pathe-Freres, the first major corporation in the new industry, led the world in film production and distribution. Based on extensive investigation of rare films and documents preserved in archives throughout the world, and drawing on recent social and cultural histories on turn-of-the-century France and the United States, his book provides new insights into the earliest history of the cinema. Examining the output of filmmakers such as Lumiere and Melies and of the production companies Gaumont, Film d'art, and Eclair, The Cine Goes to Town combines industrial history with formal and stylistic analysis of the period's canonical films, as well as many lesser-known works worthy of rediscovery. Abel tells how early French film entertainment changed from a cinema of attractions to the narrative format that Hollywood would so successfully exploit. He describes the popular genres of the era - comic chases, trick films and feeries, historical and biblical stories, family melodramas and grand guignol tales, crime and detective films - and shows how most of these genres shifted from short subjects to feature-length films. Cinema venues evolved along with the films as live music, color effects, and other new exhibiting techniques and practices drew larger and larger audiences. Abel explores the ways these early films mapped significant differences in French social life, helping to produce thoroughly bourgeois, turn-of-the-century citizens for Third Republic France. From questions surrounding the representation of the body and sexual difference to presentations of social class, his book breaks new ground as a comprehensive social history of early French film. The Cine Goes to Town restores early French cinema to the center of film history (even in the United States) and recovers its unique contribution to the development of the mass culture industry. As the one-hundredth anniversary of cinema approaches, this compelling demonstration of film's role in the formation of social and national identity will attract a wide audience of film scholars, social and cultural historians, and film enthusiasts
French film theory and criticism : a history/anthology, 1907-1939 by Richard Abel( Book )

39 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent film by Richard Abel( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent Film offers some of the best recent essays on silent cinema, essays that cross disciplinary boundaries and break new ground in a variety of ways. Some focus on the "materiality" of early cinema: the color processes used in printing nitrate film stocks, the choreographic styles of film acting, and the wide range of sound accompaniment. Others focus on questions of periodicity and nationality: on the shift from a "cinema of attractions" to a "classical narrative cinema," on the relationship between changes in production and those in exhibition, and on the historical specificity of national cinemas. Still others focus on early cinema's intertextual relations with various forms of mass culture (from magazine stories or sensational melodramas in the United States to the tango craze in Russia), and on reception in silent cinema (from black audiences in Chicago to women's fan magazines of the 1920s). Taken together, the contributors to this volume suggest provocative parallels between silent cinema at the turn of the last century and "postmodern" cinema at the end of our own. This book is an important contribution to the study of silent film and a key addition to this new series. The contributors are Richard Abel, Rick Altman, Mary Carbine, Tom Gunning, Norman King, Charles Musser, Roberta Pearson and William Uricchio, Heide Schlupmann, Ben Singer, Gaylyn Studlar, Yuri Tsivian, Paolo Cherchi Usai, and Mikhail Yampolsky
The red rooster scare : making cinema American, 1900-1910 by Richard Abel( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Americanizing the movies and "movie-mad" audiences, 1910-1914 by Richard Abel( Book )

24 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging, deeply researched study provides the richest and most nuanced picture we have to date of cinema - both movies and movie-going - in the early 1910s. At the same time, it makes clear the profound relationship between early cinema and the construction of a national identity in this important transitional period in the United States. Abel sheds new light on the history of the film industry, on working-class and immigrant culture at the turn of the century, and on the process of imaging a national community
The Sounds of early cinema by Richard Abel( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first book devoted exclusively to a little-known phenomenon: the ubiquitous presence of sound in early cinema. 'Silent cinema' may rarely have been silent, but the sheer diversity of sounds characterizing the early moving pictures can still astonish us, from barkers and ballyhoos, to pianists and orchestras. These essays cover a broad range of subjects, including sound practices in production, sound-related exhibition practices, film music, and the politics of film reception
Early cinema and the "national" by International Domitor Conference( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the concept of national film culture from a wide methodological spectrum of interests, including visual and narrative forms, international geopolitics, and exhibition and marketing practices. This book shows that concepts of national identity played a role in establishing many of the parameters of cinema's early development
Menus for movieland : newspapers and the emergence of American film culture, 1913-1916 by Richard Abel( Book )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the turn of the last century, the main function of a newspaper was to offer 'menus' by which readers could make sense of modern life and imagine how to order their own daily lives. Among those menus in the mid-1910s were several that mediated the interests of movie manufacturers, distributors, exhibitors, and the rapidly expanding audience of fans. This writing about the movies arguably played a crucial role in the emergence of American popular film culture. Negotiating among national, regional, and local interests, it shaped fans' ephemeral experience of moviegoing, their repeated encounters with the fantasy worlds of 'movie land, ' and their attractions to certain stories and stars. Moreover, in weekend pages and daily columns and film reviews, much of this was served up by women and consumed by women, including at least one teenager compiling a rare surviving scrapbook"--Page 4 de la couverture
Cinéma sans frontières : 1896-1918 : aspects de l'internationalité dans le cinéma mondial : représentations, marches, influences et reception = Images across borders : internationality in world cinéma : representations, markets, influences and reception by Association internationale pour le développement de la recherche sur le cinéma des premiers temps( Book )

9 editions published in 1995 in French and English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Contient une première description du Fonds Lavanchy-Clarke (films Lumière, Archives du film du Centre national de la cinématographie, France)
Early cinema( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia general del cine : volumen VI, la transición del mudo al sonoro( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in Spanish and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia general del cine : volumen III : Europa 1908-1918( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Griffith project( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Europa y Asia : 1918-1930 by Jesús Felipe Martínez( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early cinema( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early cinema( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early cinema( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Encyclopedia of early cinema
Alternative Names
Abel, Richard

Abel, Richard L.

Abel, Richard Owen 1941-

Richard Abel American film critic and professor

Richard Abel US-amerikanischer Professor für Literatur

English (232)

Spanish (17)

French (8)

German (1)

Italian (1)

The ciné goes to town : French cinema, 1896-1914French film theory and criticism : a history/anthology, 1907-1939Silent filmThe red rooster scare : making cinema American, 1900-1910Americanizing the movies and "movie-mad" audiences, 1910-1914The Sounds of early cinemaEarly cinema and the "national"The Griffith project