Dreams and Extremes
Cinema is the leading art form of the industrial age. But in order for an audience's dreams to be brought to life on the big screen there is an enormous amount of technology, capital and logistical planning required. The triumphant success of cinema is far more than the assertion of a new medium - it has fundamentally transformed our perception of reality. Klaus Kreimeier presents the story of cinema's heroic burgeoning years as a pivotal chapter in the history of our modern world: from the very first cinematic experiments to the feature- length epics of the age of silent movies and from the travelling picture houses of the fairground to today's metropolitan multiplexes.
Compiled by one of the foremost authorities on early cinematic history, this book is a treasure trove of information, not only for film enthusiasts.