Welcome to the new home for the Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories, an open network of film scholars interested in excavating and re-reading historical contributions and debates on film. Special attention is devoted to early writings on cinema as well as more recent reconsiderations of film's role in the new media landscape. The Permanent Seminar is affiliated with the Film Theory in Media History book series published through the Amsterdam University Press.
Philosophy

Translation Project: Philosophical Observations on the Motion Picture – Papini, Giovanni (Italy, 1907)

Author: Giovanni Papini Original Title: La filosofia del cinematografo Journal: “La Stampa” (Turin) Volume: XLI Date of Publication: 18 May 1907 Pages: 2 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA In just a short period, in every large town in Italy we have seen the almost miraculous multiplication of motion picture theatres. In Florence alone, the city where...

Translation Project: Motion Pictures in Provincial Towns – Scaglione, Emilio (Italy, 1916)

Author: Emilio Scaglione Original Title: Il cinematografo in provincia Journal: “L’Arte Muta” (Naples) Issue: 6-7 Date of Publication: 15 Dec 1916 Pages: 3 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA From the moment since motion pictures have replaced bingo almost every evening, life in provincial towns has disappeared. […]. The motion picture theatre has filled provincial life...

Translation Project: The Art of Celluloid – Thovez, Enrico (Italy, 1908)

Author: Enrico Thovez Original Title: Il secolo di celluloide Journal: “La Stampa” (Turin) Volume: XLII Journal Number: 209 Date of Publication: 29 July 1908 Pages: 3 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA Towards the close of the last century a serious issue stirred up controversy: who might be the man or what might be the fact or the...