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Posts tagged "spectatorship"

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: Certain Psychological Observations Made During Motion Picture Screenings – Ponzo, Mario (Italy, 1911)

Author: Mario Ponzo Original Title: Di alcune osservazioni psicologiche fatte durante rappresentazioni cinematografiche Journal: “Records of the Royal Academy of Science of Turin published by the academic secretaries of the two classes” Volume: XLVI Date of Publication: 1911 Pages: 6 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA According to Wundt and his school of thought, the main principle...

Translation Project: Motion Pictures and Scholastic Education – Orestano, Francesco (Italy, 1914)

Author: Francesco Orestano Original Title: Il cinematografo nelle scuole Journal: Istituto Nazionale “Minerva” Date of Publication: 1914 Pages: translation pages 5-11 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA GENERAL OBSERVATIONS Scholastic educational motion pictures complete and raise to the highest level of efficiency and resourcefulness that positive method which, invoked and prescribed by great educators for centuries,...

Translation Project: Concerning the Effects of Film Viewing on Neurotic Individuals – d’Abundo, Giuseppe (Italy, 1911)

Author: Giuseppe D’Abundo Original Title: Sopra alcuni particolari effetti delle proiezioni cinematografiche nei nevrotici Journal: “Rivista italiana di neuropatologia, psichiatria ed elettroterapia” (Catania) Volume: IV Journal Number: 10 Date of Publication: October 1911 Pages: 433-442 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA Over the last few years my attention has been drawn to certain nervous complaints which can arise in neurotic cases after watching particular cinematographic...