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Since cinema has entered the digital era, its very nature has come under renewed scrutiny. Countering the 'death of cinema' debate, 'Film History as Media Archaeology' presents a robust argument for the cinema's current status as a new epistemological object, of interest to philosophers, while also examining the presence of moving images in the museum and art spaces as a challenge for art history.

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The current study is the fruit of some twenty years of research and writing at the interface of film history, media theory and media archaeology. It locates cinema's historical emergence and subsequent transformations within the broader field of Today’s media change and transmedia interaction. (This is the 50th volume in the series “Film Culture in Transition”, published by Amsterdam University Press).

Film History as Media Archaeology – Tracking Digital Cinema 

  • Thomas Elsaesser
  • Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam 2016 
  • ISBN: 978 94 6298 0570