Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781861896452 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $14.48 to $24.95 ISBN: 9781861897206 Published April 2010

Abandoned Images

Film and Film's End

Stephen Barber

Stephen Barber

Distributed for Reaktion Books

192 pages | 75 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781861896452 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $14.48 to $24.95 ISBN: 9781861897206 Published April 2010

Broadway Avenue in downtown Los Angeles contains an extraordinary collection of twelve abandoned film palaces, all built between 1910 and 1931. In most cities worldwide such a concentration of original cinema houses would have been demolished long ago—but in a city whose identity is inseparable from the film industry, the buildings have survived mainly intact, some of their interiors dilapidated and gutted and others transformed and re-imagined as churches and nightclubs. Stephen Barber’s Abandoned Images takes us inside these remarkable structures in order to understand the birth and death of film as both a medium and a social event.

            Due to the rise of digital filmmaking and straight-to-DVD and on-demand distribution, the film industry is presently undergoing a process of profound transformation in both how movies are made and how they are watched.  Barber explores what this means for the cinematic experience: Are movies losing some essential element of their identity and purpose, and can the distinctive aura of film survive when the specialized venues required to display movies have been comprehensively overhauled or erased? Barber also forecasts the future of film, revealing how its distinctive and flexible nature will be vital to its survival.

            Featuring many evocative images alongside insightful reflections on the role of film and its viewing in the global culture, Abandoned Images will be of interest to all those engaged in contemporary developments in film, visual media, and digital arts.

Lisa Patti | Afterimage

Abandoned Images reads like a richly detailed travel memoir contained to a single street, offering the reader access to an architectural archive of the history of film exhibition. Barber’s book successfully combines film analysis and architectural analysis, providing a new framework for discussions of the end of film.”

Contents
Introduction

Part 1
   Film and The End

Part 2
   Abandoned Images

Part 3
   Abandoned Eyes

Part 4
   Film and Film's End: Resuscitated Images

References
Acknowledgements
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