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Exporting Perilous Pauline: Pearl White and Serial Film Craze

Exporting Perilous Pauline: Pearl White and Serial Film Craze

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ISBN: 9780252037689    Publisher: University of Illinois Press Year of publishing: 2013     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 256        Language: English
Exceptionally popular during their time, the spectacular American action film serials of the 1910s featured exciting stunts, film tricks, and effects set against the background of modern technology, often...Read more
Exceptionally popular during their time, the spectacular American action film serials of the 1910s featured exciting stunts, film tricks, and effects set against the background of modern technology, often starring resourceful female heroines who displayed traditionally male qualities such as endurance, strength, and authority. The most renowned of these "serial queens" was Pearl White, whose career as the adventurous character Pauline developed during a transitional phase in the medium's evolving production strategies, distribution and advertising patterns, and fan culture. In this volume, an international group of scholars explores how American serials starring Pearl White and other female stars impacted the emerging cinemas in the United States and abroad. Contributors investigate the serial genre and its narrative patterns, marketing, and cultural reception, and historiographic importance, with essays on Pearl White's life on and off the screen as well as the "serial queen" genre in Western and Eastern Europe, India, and China.
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About the author:
Marina Dahlquist is an associate professor of cinema studies at Stockholm University.

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This consistently clear and accessible collection includes fascinating case studies on film star Pearl White and the impact of the serial film format, examining an important but still...Read more
This consistently clear and accessible collection includes fascinating case studies on film star Pearl White and the impact of the serial film format, examining an important but still under-examined area in early cinema." --Vicki Callahan, editor of Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History "The global influence of Pearl White on both silent cinema femme nouvelle blossoming at the end of the 1910s is the subject of Marina Dahlquist's diverse and historically rapturous edited collection, which globetrots in its articulation of the wide-ranging impacts of American cinema as early as a century ago (the book's primary film of study, The Perils of Pauline, was released in 1914). Perhaps most refreshing is that the essays compiled here vacillate between history and theory, providing each frequently enough to satisfy those in both camps. That's the mark of a significant collection and Dahlquist threads the individual pieces here to offer a thrilling whole." - Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine
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