Chronicle of a Camera - The Arriflex 35 in North America, 1945-1972 (Hardcover, New)


A history of the lightweight workhorse camera that transformed postwar cinematography This volume provides a history of the most consequential 35mm motion picture camera introduced in North America in the quarter century following the Second World War: the Arriflex 35. It traces the North American history of this camera from 1945 through 1972--when the first lightweight, self-blimped 35mm cameras became available. Chronicle of a Camera emphasizes theatrical film production, documenting the Arriflex's increasingly important role in expanding the range of production choices, styles, and even content of American motion pictures in this period. The book's exploration culminates most strikingly in examples found in feature films dating from the 1960s and early 1970s, including a number of films associated with what came to be known as the "Hollywood New Wave." The author shows that the Arriflex prompted important innovation in three key areas: it greatly facilitated and encouraged location shooting; it gave cinematographers new options for intensifying visual style and content; and it stimulated low-budget and independent production. Films in which the Arriflex played an absolutely central role include Bullitt, The French Connection, and, most significantly, Easy Rider. Using an Arriflex for car-mounted shots, hand-held shots, and zoom-lens shots led to greater cinematic realism and personal expression. Norris Pope, Palo Alto, California, is program director for scholarly publishing at Stanford University Press. The author of Dickens and Charity, he has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University. He owns--and often uses--an Arriflex 35.

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A history of the lightweight workhorse camera that transformed postwar cinematography This volume provides a history of the most consequential 35mm motion picture camera introduced in North America in the quarter century following the Second World War: the Arriflex 35. It traces the North American history of this camera from 1945 through 1972--when the first lightweight, self-blimped 35mm cameras became available. Chronicle of a Camera emphasizes theatrical film production, documenting the Arriflex's increasingly important role in expanding the range of production choices, styles, and even content of American motion pictures in this period. The book's exploration culminates most strikingly in examples found in feature films dating from the 1960s and early 1970s, including a number of films associated with what came to be known as the "Hollywood New Wave." The author shows that the Arriflex prompted important innovation in three key areas: it greatly facilitated and encouraged location shooting; it gave cinematographers new options for intensifying visual style and content; and it stimulated low-budget and independent production. Films in which the Arriflex played an absolutely central role include Bullitt, The French Connection, and, most significantly, Easy Rider. Using an Arriflex for car-mounted shots, hand-held shots, and zoom-lens shots led to greater cinematic realism and personal expression. Norris Pope, Palo Alto, California, is program director for scholarly publishing at Stanford University Press. The author of Dickens and Charity, he has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University. He owns--and often uses--an Arriflex 35.

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Product Details

General

Imprint

University Press Of Mississippi

Country of origin

United States

Release date

February 2013

Availability

Expected to ship within 12 - 17 working days

First published

February 2013

Authors

Dimensions

229 x 152 x 22mm (L x W x T)

Format

Hardcover - Cloth over boards

Pages

202

Edition

New

ISBN-13

978-1-61703-741-2

Barcode

9781617037412

Categories

LSN

1-61703-741-9



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