Parallel Tracks: The Railroad and Silent Cinema (Exeter Studies in Film History)

Parallel Tracks: The Railroad and Silent Cinema (Exeter Studies in Film History)

by Lynne Kirby (Author)


From its earliest days, the cinema has enjoyed a special kinship with the railroad, a mutual attraction based on similar ways of handling speed, visual perception, and the promise of a journey. PARALLEL TRACKS is the first book to explore and explain this relationship in both historical and theoretical terms, blending film scholarship with railroad history.

This highly original work reveals the profound impact that the railroad and the cinema have had on Western society and modern urban industrial culture. It will be eagerly received by those involved in film studies, American studies, feminist theory and the cultural study of modernity. It will also have appeal to general readers interested in silent films or in the history of the railroad.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
Publisher: University of Exeter Press
Published: 01 Feb 1997

ISBN 10: 0859895300
ISBN 13: 9780859895309

Media Reviews
The triumph of this book is in bringing film theory and social history together to form a powerful collective that makes this examination of these two key industries compulsive reading. (Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1998) Kirby's well-researched and well-written text places the separate, but as the author convincingly argues, conceptually related phenomena of silent cinema and the railway within both historical and theoretical contexts. (American Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, 1998)
Author Bio
Lynne Kirby is a Senior Producer at Court Television Network. Her articles on the railroad and cinema have appeared in major American film journals.