Hugo Munsterberg on Film

Hugo Münsterberg's The Photoplay (1916) is regarded as the first serious work of film theory. In this new edition, Allan Langdale provides a critical introduction and collects numerous hard-to-find writings on film by Münsterberg.

Author: Hugo Münsterberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135353209


Page: 216

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This book examines reactions to the Russian Revolution by four little magazines of the teens and twenties (The Liberator, The Messenger, The Little Review, and The Dial) in order to analyze some of the ways modernist writers negotiate the competing demands of aesthetics, political commitment and race. Re-examining interconnections among such superficially disparate phenomena as the Harlem Renaissance, Greenwich Village bohemianism, modernism and Leftist politics, this book rightly emphasizes the vitality of little magazines and argues for their necessary place in the study of modernism.

The Film

His penetrating and prescient observations foretold the most modern developments of the cinematic art, and his classic survey, The Film: A Psychological Study, remains a text of enduring relevance to movie historians as well as students of ...

Author: Hugo Münsterberg

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486433862

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 100

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In 1916, an eminent psychologist recorded his impressions of the fledgling film industry. His penetrating and prescient observations foretold the most modern developments of the cinematic art, and his classic survey, The Film: A Psychological Study, remains a text of enduring relevance to movie historians as well as students of film and psychology. Ranging from considerations of the viewer's perception of on-screen depth and motion to examinations of the cinema's distinguishing and unique characteristics as an art form, this study arrives at strikingly modern conclusions about movies and their psychological values.

Hugo M nsterberg s Psychology and Law

Ultimately, Münsterberg reaches the same conclusion regarding the
psychologist's proper role in the film world as he does in the legal domain and
other real-world contexts—namely, psychologists have much to add. In an article
published in ...

Author: Brian H. Bornstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190696344

Category: Law

Page: 360

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Brian H. Bornstein is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include jury decision making, the reliability of eyewitness memory, and the application of decision-making principles to everyday judgment tasks. He has authored or edited 20 books and over 170 journal articles and book chapters, and has received grant funding for his research from several agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice. He has received research, mentoring, and book awards from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the American Psychology-Law Society. Jeffrey S. Neuschatz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His primary research interests include eyewitness memory, line-up identification, secondary confessions, and jury decision making. He has published over 50 articles and chapters, and co-authored the 2012 book The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification.

Psychomotor Aesthetics

Movement and Affect in Modern Literature and Film Ana Hedberg Olenina. was
his project in an earlier study, ... 51 Hugo Münsterberg, Psychology and Industrial
Efficiency (Boston: Mifflin, 1913), 277,278–279. 52 Hugo Münsterberg, Business

Author: Ana Hedberg Olenina

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190051259

Category: Art

Page: 416

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"In the late 19th century, neurophysiology introduced techniques for detecting somatic signs of psychological experiences. Scientific modes of recording, representing, and interpreting body movement as "expressive" soon found use in multiple cultural domains. Based on archival materials, this study charts the avenues by which physiological psychology reached the arts and evaluates institutional practices and political trends that promoted interdisciplinary engagements in the first quarter of the 20th century. In mapping the emergence of a paradigm it calls "psychomotor aesthetics," this book uncovers little-known sources of Russian Futurism, Formalist poetics, avant-garde film theories of Lev Kuleshov and Sergei Eisenstein, and early Soviet programs for evaluating film-goers' reactions. Drawing attention to the intellectual exchange between Russian authors and their European and American counterparts, the book documents diverse cultural applications of laboratory methods for studying the psyche. Both a history and a critical project, the book attends to the ways in which artists and the orists dealt with the universalist fallacies inherited from biologically-oriented psychology-at times, endorsing the positivist, deterministic outlook, and at times, resisting, reinterpreting, and defamiliarizing these scientific notions. In exposing the vastness of cross-disciplinary exchange at the juncture of neurophysiology and the arts at the turn of the 20th century, Psychomotor Aesthetics calls attention to the tremendous cultural resonance of theories foregrounding the somatic substrate of emotional and cognitive experience-theories, which anticipate the promises and limitations of today's neuroaesthetics and neuromarketing"--

The Photoplay A Psychological Study

Certainly all this does not exhaust the mental reactions which arise in our mind
when we witness a drama of the film. We have not spoken, for instance, of the
action which the plot of the story or its social background may start in our soul.

Author: Hugo Münsterberg

Publisher: tredition

ISBN: 9783847202875

Category: Fiction

Page: 114

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How to Read a Film

The Art, Technology, Language, History, and Theory of Film and Media James
Monaco ... joined by another major contribution - directly opposed in style ,
approach , and tone , but just as valuable : Hugo Münsterberg ' s seminal The
Photoplay ...

Author: James Monaco

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: MINN:31951D007270661

Category: Cinematography

Page: 502

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Early Discourses on Colour and Cinema

This shift of concentration from the representation of reality to the perceptual and
cognitive capabilities of the spectator is essential in the 15 Hugo Münsterberg , “
Why We Go to the Movies ” ( 1915 ) , Hugo Münsterberg on Film : The Photoplay

Author: Eirik Frisvold Hanssen

Publisher: Stockholm Universitet

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123402864

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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The Major Film Theories

Hugo Munsterberg's ideas, no matter how advanced or cogent, had little effect on
subsequent film theory. Rudolf Arnheim, many of whose notions are substantially
the same as Munsterberg's in The Photoplay: A Psychological Study, has on ...

Author: J. Dudley Andrew


ISBN: 0195019911

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 278

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The book coalesces 20th century ideas of film as thought into a practical theory of 'film-thinking', arguing that film style conveys poetic ideas through a constant dramatic 'intent' about the characters, spaces, and events of film.

Author: Daniel Frampton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9781904764854

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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Filmosophy is a provocative new manifesto for a radically philosophical way of understanding cinema. It coalesces twentieth-century ideas of film as thought (from Hugo Münsterberg to Gilles Deleuze) into a practical theory of "film-thinking," arguing that film style conveys poetic ideas through a constant dramatic "intent" about the characters, spaces, and events of film. Discussing contemporary filmmakers such as Béla Tarr and the Dardenne brothers, this timely contribution to the study of film and philosophy will provoke debate among audiences and filmmakers alike. FILMOSOPHY ® is a registered U.S. trademark owned by Valentin Stoilov ( for educational services in the field of motion picture history theory and production. Mr. Stoilov is not the source or origin of this book and has not sponsored or endorsed it or its author.

Film and Stereotype

Drawing on Habermas's terminology, Heinz B. Heller studied the German
intellectual discourse on cinema during the era of silent film from ... Hugo
Münsterberg, The Photoplay: A Psychological Study [1916], in Hugo Münsterberg
on Film, ed.

Author: Jörg Schweinitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231525213

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 396

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Since the early days of film, critics and theorists have contested the value of formula, cliché, conventional imagery, and recurring narrative patterns of reduced complexity in cinema. Whether it's the high-noon showdown or the last-minute rescue, a lonely woman standing in the window or two lovers saying goodbye in the rain, many films rely on scenes of stereotype, and audiences have come to expect them. Outlining a comprehensive theory of film stereotype, a device as functionally important as it is problematic to a film's narrative, Jörg Schweinitz constructs a fascinating though overlooked critical history from the 1920s to today. Drawing on theories of stereotype in linguistics, literary analysis, art history, and psychology, Schweinitz identifies the major facets of film stereotype and articulates the positions of theorists in response to the challenges posed by stereotype. He reviews the writing of Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, Theodor W. Adorno, Rudolf Arnheim, Robert Musil, Béla Balázs, Hugo Münsterberg, and Edgar Morin, and he revives the work of less-prominent writers, such as René Fülöp-Miller and Gilbert Cohen-Séat, tracing the evolution of the discourse into a postmodern celebration of the device. Through detailed readings of specific films, Schweinitz also maps the development of models for adapting and reflecting stereotype, from early irony (Alexander Granowski) and conscious rejection (Robert Rossellini) to critical deconstruction (Robert Altman in the 1970s) and celebratory transfiguration (Sergio Leone and the Coen brothers). Altogether a provocative spectacle, Schweinitz's history reveals the role of film stereotype in shaping processes of communication and recognition, as well as its function in growing media competence in audiences beyond cinema.

Film Dreams

The perception of graphic patterns alternately repeated on the movie screen has
hypnotic consequences . ... Hugo Münsterberg , The Film : A Psychological Study
( New York : D. Appleton and Company , 1916 ) . Reprinted by Dover ...

Author: Vlada Petrić


ISBN: UOM:39015000570856

Category: Dreams

Page: 236

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The New Orleans Review

EARLY FILMS OF D.W. GRIFFITH ... a study of film modeled on scientific
principles , Munsterberg treated cinema as an aesthetic directly related to human
mental ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105008455169

Category: American literature


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The Eternal Values

The Contents of the volume are divided into three parts: The Meaning of Values; The Logical Values; The Aesthetic Values; The Ethical Values; and The Metaphysical Values. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

Author: Hugo Munsterberg

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

ISBN: 1417910690


Page: 452

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1909. German-American psycho-physiologist, Munsterberg has been prominently identified with the modern developments of experimental psychology, and his sociological writings display the acuteness of a German philosophic mind as applied to the study of American life and manners. The Contents of the volume are divided into three parts: The Meaning of Values; The Logical Values; The Aesthetic Values; The Ethical Values; and The Metaphysical Values. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film

Hugo Münsterberg visàvis contemporary film theory To the question of where one
might find a place in contemporary film theory for Hugo Münsterberg's The
Photoplay: A Psychological Study (2002 [1916]), the answer at the most
fundamental ...

Author: Paisley Livingston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135982744

Category: Philosophy

Page: 704

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film is the first comprehensive volume to explore the main themes, topics, thinkers and issues in philosophy and film. The Companion features sixty specially commissioned chapters from international scholars and is divided into four clear parts: • issues and concepts • authors and trends • genres • film as philosophy. Part one is a comprehensive section examining key concepts, including chapters on acting, censorship, character, depiction, ethics, genre, interpretation, narrative, reception and spectatorship and style. Part two covers authors and scholars of film and significant theories Part three examines genres such as documentary, experimental cinema, horror, comedy and tragedy. Part four includes chapters on key directors such as Tarkovsky, Bergman and Terrence Malick and on particular films including Memento. Each chapter includes a section of annotated further reading and is cross-referenced to related entries. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy of film, aesthetics and film and cinema studies.

Film Theory

3 THE MEANS OF THE PHOTOPLAY Hugo Münsterberg Source : The Photoplay
: A Psychological Study , New York : D. Appleton & Co. , 1916 , pp . 170-190 . We
have now reached the point at which we can knot together all our threads , the ...

Author: Philip Simpson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 041525972X

Category: Cinematography

Page: 328

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Situating the Subject in Film Theory

Identification and narration : towards a conceptual One recalls that for Hugo
Münsterberg the film was primarily imitation of our perceptual process . This was
not , however , the only imitative function of the cinema ; the film - the philosopher

Author: Veijo Hietala


ISBN: STANFORD:36105008901147

Category: Film criticism

Page: 415

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A Viewer s Guide to Film Theory and Criticism

HUGO MÜNSTERBERG * Of all the theorists and critics examined in the Guide ,
surely Hugo Münsterberg ( 1863 – 1916 ) , a German psychologist and professor
at Harvard , has been the most neglected , at least until the present time .

Author: Robert T. Eberwein

Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015012215946

Category: Motion-picture plays

Page: 235

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