Early American Cinema

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Drama - 263 pages
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A completely revised and rewritten new edition of the pioneering film book first published in 1970, Early American Cinema, New and Revised Edition provides a concise history of the American motion picture industry before 1920, documenting the work of the early production companies, releasing organizations, filmmakers, and performers, and will serve both as a textbook and a reference source. Chapters cover pre-cinema, the Motion Picture Patents Company, independent filmmaking, the birth of the feature film, Thomas H. Ince, D.W. Griffith, sound and music, the star system, the role of women, new technologies, genres, and the languge, business, and art of the film. The book includes suggestions for further reading, together wiht a general bibliography, and lengthy bibliographies on Ince and Griffith.
  

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Contents

PreCinema
1
The Motion Picture Patents Company and the Film Establishment
7
The Independents and a New Establishment
45
The Feature Film
69
Thomas H Ince
77
D W Griffith
95
Sound and Music
117
The Star System
135
New Technologies
167
Genres
189
The Language Business and Art of the Film
217
General Bibliography
229
D W Griffith Bibliography
235
Thomas H Ince Bibliography
241
Index
247
Copyright

The Role of Women
151

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Anthony Slide has published over fifty pioneering works on film history, among them the first volumes dealing exclusively with early American cinema, the Vitagraph Company, the Fine Arts Company, filmmaking in Ireland, film preservation, and a non-theatrical film. He edits the Scarecrow Filmmakers Series and has produced a series of documentary films on silent screen personalities. In 1990 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bowling Green University; Lillian Gish called him "our preeminent historian of the silent film.

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