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Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema and Popular Science

Oliver Gaycken


This book excavates a largely unknown genre of early cinema, the popular-science film. Primarily a work of cinema history, it also draws on the insights of the history of science. Beginning around 1903, a variety of producers made films about scientific topics for general audiences, inspired by a vision of cinema as an educational medium. This book traces the development of popular-science films over the first half of the silent era, from its beginnings in England to its flourishing in France around 1910. These films initially relied upon previous traditions such as the magic-lantern lecture f ... More

Keywords: early cinema, popular science, cinema studies, history of science, documentary, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860685
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Gaycken, author
University of Maryland, Assistant Professor of English