L’infinito intrattenimento. Dickens dalla pagina alle illustrazioni, agli schermi del “primo” cinema
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The knowledge and the fortune of Charles Dickens’s works are also due to the beautiful illustrations of his short and long novels. The illustrations – painted by Cruikshank, Phiz, Leech – were reproduced as slides for the Magic Lantern. But, since the beginning of the Twentieth Century, cinema was the main medium of Dickens’ s fortune all over the world. This study tries to connect the several passages from one form – for instance the book illustrations – to another – the slides for the Magic Lantern, up to the cinematographic frames. The analysis of some interesting films of the silent era and – especially – of the beginning of cinema and their relationships with the diversified ‘world’ of other images, is the focus of this study.