Pictorial Beauty on the Screen

By: Freeburg, Victor Oscar

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(maroon cloth; no dust jacket, as issued) [clean and tight, just a bit of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) Reprint of the original (1923) edition, one of the earliest published treatises on the aesthetic values of the motion picture, issued at a time when the silent film was nearing its artistic apex -- and talkies were a mere four or five years in the future. Chapter titles are -- Pictorial Art in the Movies; The Practical Value of Pictorial Composition; Eye Tests for Beauty; Pictorial Force in Fixed Patterns; Rhythm and Repose in Fixed Design; Motions in a Picture; Pictorial Motions at Work; Pictorial Motions at Play; Pictorial Motions at Rest; Mastery in the Movies; The Mysterious Emotions of Art. The text contains 24 illustrations, mostly stills from various movies (and including not only examples of what the author considers aesthetically pleasing, but also shots that demonstrate such things as "a typical bad movie composition"). Prefatory note by director Rex Ingram.

Title: Pictorial Beauty on the Screen

Author: Freeburg, Victor Oscar

Categories: Cinema: History,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: New York, Benjamin Blom Inc.: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 3600

Keywords: Aesthetics Film Criticism Motion Pictures Silent Films