Beyond the Screen

Institutions, Networks, and Publics of Early Cinema

Edited by Marta Braun, Charles Keil, Rob King, Paul S. Moore and Louis Pelletier

Published by: John Libbey Publishing

350 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 65 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780861967032
  • Published: August 2012


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  • 9780861969135
  • Published: August 2012


The visionaries of early motion pictures thought that movies could do more than just entertain. They imagined the medium had the potential to educate and motivate the audience. In national and local contexts from Europe, North America, and around the world, early filmmakers entered the domains of science and health education, social and religious uplift, labor organizing and political campaigning. Beyond the Screen captures this pioneering vision of the future of cinema.