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Film Serials and the American Cinema, 1910-1940: Operational Detection
by Ilka Brasch
Amsterdam University Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-94-6298-652-7 | eISBN: 978-90-485-3780-8
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.S3B73 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 791

Before the advent of television, cinema offered serialized films as a source of weekly entertainment. This book traces the history from the days of silent screen heroines to the sound era's daring adventure serials, unearthing a thriving film culture beyond the self-contained feature. Through extensive archival research, Ilka Brasch details the aesthetic appeals of film serials within their context of marketing and exhibition, looking at how they adapted the pleasures of a flourishing crime fiction culture to both serial visual culture and the affordances of the media-modernity of the early 20th century. The study furthermore traces the relationship of film serials to the broadcast models of radio and television and thereby shows how film serials introduced modes of storytelling that informedpopular culture even beyond the serial's demise.

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