Provenance and Early Cinema

Provenance and Early Cinema

Early Cinema in Review: Proceedings of Domitor

Edited by Joanne Bernardi, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Tami Williams and Joshua Yumibe

Contributions by Camille Blot-Wellens, Germain Lacasse, Grazia Ingravalle, Ian Christie, Noemi Daugaard, Olivia Kristina Stutz, Priska Morrissey, Clara Auclair, Teresa Castro, Anne Sigaud, Ned Thanhouser, Bret Vukoder, Mark Williams, Richard Abel, Patrick Ellis, Allain Daigle, Danielle Crepaldi Carvalho, Martin L. Johnson, Marina Dahlquist, Nadi Tofighian, Gregory A. Waller, André Habib, Ken Eisenstein, Eszter Polonyi, Charles Keil, Christina Stewart, Christina Corfield, Norie Taniguchi, Kim Tomadjoglou and Barbara Flueckiger

Published by: Indiana University Press

430 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 60 b&w illus., 2 b&w tables

  • ISBN: 9780253052995
  • Published: February 2021



Remnants of early films often have a story to tell.

As material artifacts, these film fragments are central to cinema history, perhaps more than ever in our digital age of easy copying and sharing. If a digital copy is previewed before preservation or is shared with a researcher outside the purview of a film archive, knowledge about how the artifact was collected, circulated, and repurposed threatens to become obscured. When the question of origin is overlooked, the story can be lost. Concerned contributors in Provenance and Early Cinema challenge scholars digging through film archives to ask, "How did these moving images get here for me to see them?"

This volume, which features the conference proceedings from Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema, 2018, questions preservation, attribution, and patterns of reuse in order to explore singular artifacts with long and circuitous lives.