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Academic journal article Journal of Film and Video. Routledge, , pp. Most importantly, perhaps, Langdale sets a tone that makes reading Photoplay seem like a journey back to a time when "the movies" were new and the discipline of film studies did not yet exist.
He had been highly recognized in his home country for his psychological studies, and his new work in the US continued to receive serious attention. Indeed, he is considered by many today to be the founder of applied psychology. One year later, he published Photoplay.
He thus brings into focus his major objectives: to determine the root of the public's fascination with cinema, to establish what cinema is and how it 'works' psychologically, and to validate film as a unique and genuine form of art. The remainder of Photoplay is devoted to these objectives. He also tends to interject too many different concerns and issues, which makes Photoplay read like a hodge-podge of theories that includes everything but the proverbial kitchen sink.
This fault, however, is also the source of the book's greatest value. Photoplay is not only the first major work of film theory, the progenitor of film studies itself; it also contains the seeds of an astonishing number of the subfields, branches, and topics of film studies. An unknown error has occurred.
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Hugo Münsterberg on Film: "The Photoplay: A Psychological Study" and Other Writings