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FLICKERS OF FILM: NOSTALGIA IN THE TIME OF DIGITAL CINEMA. Jason Sperb. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2015. 208 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780813576015 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 169811. Publisher's description: Whether paying tribute to silent films in Hugo and The Artist or celebrating arcade games in Tron: Legacy and Wreck-It-Ralph, Hollywood suddenly seems to be experiencing a wave of intense nostalgia for outmoded technologies. To what extent is that a sincere lament for modes of artistic production that have nearly vanished in an all-digital era? And to what extent is it simply a cynical marketing ploy, built on the notion that nostalgia has always been one of Hollywood's top-selling products? In Flickers of Film, Jason Sperb offers nuanced and unexpected answers to these questions, examining the benefits of certain types of film nostalgia, while also critiquing how Hollywood's nostalgic representations of old technologies obscure important aspects of their histories. He interprets this affection for the prehistory and infancy of digital technologies in relation to an industry-wide anxiety about how the digital has grown to dominate Hollywood, pushing it into an uncertain creative and economic future.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 169812
Paperbound $26.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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