Colloquium | Ariel Rogers

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:00pm


Ariel Rogers

Screen, Frame, Space: Spilt Screen and Immersion in Cinerama

A sensational screen technology at a time of major upheaval in American cinema, Cinerama brings together different traditions of immersion associated with large-screen and multiple-screen media spaces. Introduced in 1952, Cinerama inspired the innovation of single-projector large-screen formats such as CinemaScope; however, it was itself a multiple projector format, with three projectors juxtaposing three different images on one giant screen. With an eye to more recent changes in screen culture, this talk explores how the Cinerama productions of the 1950s negotiated large-screen immersion and multi-frame display as well as the divergent modes of address often attributed to them.

Ariel Rogers is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Southern Maine. She teaches in the areas of film and media studies, including film and media theory, international film history, spectatorship, new media, American cinema, melodrama, and women in film. Her research focuses on the relationship between the forms cinema takes (including issues of style and technology) and the types of experience it offers viewers. This interest extends to cinema's confrontation with new media as well as to the modes of spatiality and embodiment cinema has elicited historically. Her book, Moving Machines: The Experience of New Technologies from Widescreen to Digital Cinema, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. She has published articles on cinematic technologies and spectatorship in Cinema Journal and Film History.

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