Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination
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Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination

By Tim Bergfelder
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Book Description

Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination presents for the first time a comparative study of European film set design in the late 1920s and 1930s; based on a wealth of designers' drawings, film stills and archival documents, the book offers a new insight into the development and significance of trans-national artistic collaboration during this period. European cinema from the late 1920s to the late 1930s is famous for its attention to detail in terms of set design and visual effect. Focusing on developments in Britain, France, and Germany, Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema provides a comprehensive analysis of the practices, styles, and function of cinematic production design during this period, and its influence on subsequent filmmaking patterns.

In Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination wordt verteld hoe grote Europese filmstudio's in Berlijn, Parijs en Londen dienden als artistieke broedplaatsen. Ze boden werkgelegenheid voor artiesten, architecten en ontwerpers van binnenlandse en buitenlandse bodem. Met behulp van een groot aantal tekeningen en stills uit films, wordt in het boek onderzocht hoe decorontwerpers in samenwerking met regisseurs en cineasten hedendaagse ideeën en ontwikkelingen verwerkten in de visuele en decoratieve kunst, architectuur en urban design en hoe zij deze ideeën toegankelijk maakten voor een breed publiek.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Ch. 1: Introduction: Understanding and Interpreting Set Design in Cinema
  • Ch. 2: European Set Design in the 1920s and 1930s: Cultural Contexts and Professional Practices
    • Germany
    • France
    • Great Britain
    • Conclusion
  • Ch.3: Imagining Space in Late Weimar Cinema
  • Ch. 4: French Cinema in the 1930s: Space, Place and National Identity
    • Conclusion
  • Ch. 5: Set Design, Style, and Genre in 1930s British Cinema
    • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Film Titles
  • Index of Names and Subjects
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