Examining the History of Filmmaking Through Its Technology

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In a two part essay on Film Comment, Paul Schrader examines the cross-section between the history of cinematic art and technology.

He writes, "Motion pictures and photography are the first art forms that are solely the product of mechanical and chemical technology. All the other art forms existed in some pre-technological fashion—drawing, dance, oration—but there were no movies before there were machines. So it’s interesting to view the history of movies as the history of movie technology. You can track this history by tracking its technological advances—in short, a history of toys."

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