Monday, August 1, 2011

"Making Movie History"

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild WestRiver of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Solnit is a remarkable prose stylist, and her examination of the brave new world of abstractions and representations born in California's violent industrializing Gilded Age past works marvelously. I will even defend her occasionally tendency to wind off into tangled thickets of near schizoid conspiracism about the connections between the various phenomena she investigates with the careful eye of a social historian. Sometimes wild theorizing about the bigger picture is exactly what the doctor ordered.

2 comments:

  1. I might pick this up. I need something to read for the summer.

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  2. It's basically the essential biographical prehistory of movies (or more appropriately given Muybridge's contributions, the prehistory of motion pictures)

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