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“4 the Love of Film” Spring Lecture Series
Film scholar Ariel Rogers lectures on special effects in the golden age of Hollywood cinema

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Council of the Humanities, and Film Studies Committee will conclude a series of four lectures on film studies with a talk given by film scholar Ariel Rogers on “Special Effects and the Apparatus in Hollywood Cinema of the 1930s-1940s” on Thursday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

ariel rogersAriel Rogers is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Southern Maine. Her research focuses on the relationship between the forms cinema takes, including issues of style and technology, and the types of experience these forms offer viewers. This interest extends to cinema’s confrontation with new media, as well as to the modes of spatiality and embodiment cinema has elicited historically. Rogers is the author of Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies (Columbia University Press, 2013), and she has published articles on cinematic technologies and spectatorship in Cinema Journal and Film History

Hollywood’s “golden age” is not usually associated with special effects. But effects—including the established use of miniatures, model animation, and matte painting, as well as new techniques utilizing traveling mattes, rear projection, and optical printing—played a crucial role in studio production during this period. The development and application of these effects were intimately bound up with the numerous other techniques and technologies popularized concurrently, from widescreen projection to deep-focus cinematography, as well as with related practices, especially the embrace of indoor production associated with the adoption of sync sound. Rogers’ lecture will explore these resonances, paying particular attention to the dialogue among effects techniques, film style, and material components of the apparatus. She will address the contemporary challenge to cinema posed by new digital media by parsing the material heterogeneity of the apparatus at a time when it may appear to have been particularly unified.


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Photo caption:  At Princeton on April 17, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Southern Maine Ariel Rogers will lecture about special effects used in the golden age of Hollywood cinema
Photo credit: Photo courtesy Ariel Rogers

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

4:30 p.m.

James M. Stewart ’32 Theater

Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street

Free and open to the public

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