The Institutionalization of Educational Cinema

North America and Europe in the 1910s and 1920s

Edited by Marina Dahlquist and Joel Frykholm

Published by: Indiana University Press

272 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in, 22 b&w illus., 3 tables

  • Paperback
  • 9780253045201
  • Published: January 2020


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253045195
  • Published: January 2020


  • eBook
  • 9780253045218
  • Published: January 2020


The potential of films to educate has been crucial for the development of cinema intended to influence culture, and is as important as conceptions of film as a form of art, science, industry, or entertainment. Using the concept of institutionalization as a heuristic for generating new approaches to the history of educational cinema, contributors to this volume study the co-evolving discourses, cultural practices, technical standards, and institutional frameworks that transformed educational cinema from a convincing idea into an enduring genre. The Institutionalization of Educational Cinema examines the methods of production, distribution, and exhibition established for the use of educational films within institutions–such as schools, libraries, and industrial settings in various national and international contexts and takes a close look at the networks of organizations, individuals, and government agencies that were created as a result of these films' circulation. Through case studies of educational cinemas in different North American and European countries that explore various modes of institutionalization of educational film, this book highlights the wide range of vested interests that framed the birth of educational and nontheatrical cinema.