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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF MAGIC AND THE CINEMA. Colin Williamson. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2015. 248 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780813572543 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 169809. Publisher's description: What does it mean to describe cinematic effects as "movie magic," to compare filmmakers to magicians, or to say that the cinema is all a "trick"? The heyday of stage illusionism was over a century ago, so why do such performances still serve as a key reference point for understanding filmmaking, especially now that so much of the cinema rests on the use of computers? To answer these questions, Colin Williamson situates film within a long tradition of magical practices that combine art and science, involve deception and discovery, and evoke two forms of wonder -- both awe at the illusion displayed and curiosity about how it was performed. He thus considers how, even as they mystify audiences, cinematic illusions also inspire them to learn more about the technologies and techniques behind moving images.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 169808
Hardcover $90.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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