Cinema Futures: Cain, Abel or Cable? – The Screen Arts in the Digital Age

Thomas Elsaesser, Kay Hoffmann (eds.)

Amsterdam University Press, 312pp

In the late 1960s, the cinema was pronounced dead. Television, like a Biblical Cain had slain his brother Abel. Some thirty years later, a remarkable reversal: rarely has the cinema been more popular. And yet, rarely has the cinema's future seemed more uncertain. Cinema Futures: Cain, Abel or Cable? presents a careful and forceful argument about predictions that tend to be made when new technologies appear.