Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema & Popular Science

Oxford University Press, 2015

A comprehensive assessment of the role of early science films in shaping debates about scientific discovery, commercial entertainment, innovations in education, and intertexual cultural production, Gaycken considers 300 films and offers a comparative stylistic analysis that establishes both the unique formal properties of the genre as well as the antecedent sources upon which it drew. The volume features case studies on British and French natural history filmmaking, American distribution, and French crime melodramas.