In the early twentieth century the high-rise transformed American cities, and the motion picture transformed American culture. By now each phenomenon——building type and cinematic art——is inextricably interwoven into our experience, our mentality. Yet a century ago skyscrapers and movies were still to be marveled at, as both technological innovations and social change agents. Merrill Schleier's Skyscraper Cinema: Architecture and Gender in American Film is an encompassing study of how the two art forms converged in the young decades of the last century and grew up together in its middle years. To be sure, the convergence is more a matter of temporal coincidence than disciplinary intent, and Schleier does not push the connection too hard. "When I refer to skyscraper films, I am not seeking to invent another category, such as the western or musical," she writes. "I consider American skyscraper films...
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Book Review| December 01 2010
Review: Skyscraper Cinema: Architecture and Gender in American Film by Merrill Schleier
Skyscraper Cinema: Architecture and Gender in American Film;
University of Minnesota Press,
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2010) 69 (4): 602–603.
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Review: Skyscraper Cinema: Architecture and Gender in American Film by Merrill Schleier. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2010; 69 (4): 602–603. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2010.69.4.602
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