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The Art of the Moving Picture

Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

1. 00 - DEDICATION AND A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE DENVER ART ASSOCIATION
2. 01 - BOOK I - THE GENERAL PHOTOPLAY SITUATION IN AMERICA, JANUARY 1, 1922
3. 02 - BOOK II - THE UNCHALLENGED OUTLINE OF PHOTOPLAY CRITICAL METHOD / CHAPTER I - THE POINT OF VIEW
4. 03 - CHAPTER II - THE PHOTOPLAY OF ACTION
5. 04 - CHAPTER III - THE INTIMATE PHOTOPLAY
6. 05 - CHAPTER IV - THE MOTION PICTURE OF FAIRY SPLENDOR
7. 06 - CHAPTER V - THE PICTURE OF CROWD SPLENDOR
8. 07 - CHAPTER VI - PATRIOTIC SPLENDOR
9. 08 - CHAPTER VII - RELIGIOUS SPLENDOR
10. 09 - CHAPTER VIII - SCULPTURE-IN-MOTION
11. 10 - CHAPTER IX - PAINTING-IN-MOTION
12. 11 - CHAPTER X - FURNITURE, TRAPPINGS, AND INVENTIONS IN MOTION
13. 12 - CHAPTER XI - ARCHITECTURE-IN-MOTION
14. 13 - CHAPTER XII - THIRTY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PHOTOPLAYS AND THE STAGE
15. 14 - CHAPTER XIII - HIEROGLYPHICS
16. 15 - BOOK III - MORE PERSONAL SPECULATIONS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS NOT BROUGHT FORWARD SO DOGMATICALLY / CHAPTER XIV - THE ORCHESTRA, CONVERSATION, AND THE CENSORSHIP
17. 16 - CHAPTER XV - THE SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SALOON
18. 17 - CHAPTER XVI - CALIFORNIA AND AMERICA
19. 18 - CHAPTER XVII - PROGRESS AND ENDOWMENT
20. 19 - CHAPTER XVIII - ARCHITECTS AS CRUSADERS
21. 20 - CHAPTER XIX - ON COMING FORTH BY DAY
22. 21 - CHAPTER XX - THE PROPHET-WIZARD
23. 22 - CHAPTER XXI - THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD

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"This 1922 book by poet and sometime cultural critic Vachel Lindsay might have been the first to treat the then-new medium of moving pictures as an art form, one that was potentially as rich, complex, mysterious as far older ones, and whose physical and aesthetic properties were only starting to be understood. The highlight of the book might be “The Motion Picture of Fairy Splendor,” which examines the relationship between film storytelling, magic, myths, legends and bedtime stories. It’s discombobulating, in a good way, to read Lindsay’s attempts to grapple with what, precisely, cinema is. Being supposedly sophisticated 21st century people, we all feel as though we know what cinema is, and don’t need to have the basics explained to us, but this is really just vanity and ignorance talking. Bottom line: You haven’t really, seriously thought about movies — what they are, and what they can and cannot do, and become — until you’ve read this book."

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