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by Jennifer Jiang Forty years ago, in February of 1979, the Statue of Liberty showed up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Pail and Shovel Party of the Wisconsin Student Association […]
James Watrous was known for his art, his dedication as a professor, and a champion of art stewardship on campus. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first art museum on the UW-Madison campus, the Elvehjem Museum of Art.
The centerpiece of this collection is a reprint of Theatre to Cinema: Stage Pictorialism and the Early Feature Film, by Ben Brewster and Lea Jacobs first published by Oxford University Press in 1997. While previous accounts of the relationship between cinema and theatre have tended to assume that early filmmakers had to break away from the stage in order to establish a specific aesthetic for the new medium, Theatre to Cinema argues that the cinema turned to the pictorial, spectacular tradition of the theatre in the 1910s to establish a model for feature filmmaking.