Book reviews

On the latest publications on cinema.

THE PERFORMANCE OF TRAUMA IN MOVING IMAGE ART BY DIRK DE BRUYN

Review by Adrian Martin

Dirk de Bruyn’s book is a bold and original piece of in-depth, sustained research that brings together two areas have never been brought into relationship in this way, at this length. On the one hand, there is the lineage of experimental audiovisual work. (I personally dislike the visual-centric term ‘moving image art’ – sound has been around for a while now! – but each person chooses their own label, wisely or not.)

FLICKERING EMPIRE: HOW CHICAGO INVENTED THE U.S. FILM INDUSTRY

Review by Therese Grisham

This is an under-appreciated, under-analyzed, but vital time in the life of Chicago, as well as in the early film industry. Most of the important players at this time started out in Chicago–such as Gilbert “Broncho Billy”Anderson–or worked in Chicago (Chaplin, Micheaux), so the omission of Chicago from histories of early film is egregious. Flickering Empire rectifies this omission.