The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915, Volume 2, Part 2

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University of California Press, May 4, 1994 - History - 337 pages
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"The Transformation of Cinema chronicles the history of the American film business from the days of storefront nickelodeons to the premiere of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, complete with full symphony orchestra. Eileen Bowser here redresses the imbalance of the "Griffith did it all" cliché by discussing the efforts of countless lesser-known figures who also helped to create Hollywood and shape the growing film industry. The effect of the surroundings -- the size of the hall; whether the film was shown alone or along with vaudeville entertainment; and the size, quality, and relevance of the musical background -- are all examined for their impact on the filmgoing experience. Bowser documents the emergence of the star system, which set the stage for the classic silent-film era. By 1915 the silent film is seen as a full-fledged art form with its own style and place in the world of business."--Back cover.
 

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Contents

The Nickelodeon
1
A Game of Freezeout
21
The Recruiting Stations of Vice
37
The Films Alternate Scenes
53
General Flimco and the Pushcart Peddlers
73
Acting The Cameras Closer View
87
Brand Names and Stars
103
Movie Palaces
121
The Feature Film
191
The Lid Comes Off
217
Refining the Product
235
Scene Dissection Spectacle Film as Art
255
List of Abbreviations
275
Notes
277
Bibliography
295
Picture Sources
301

Trademarks Titles Introductions
137
Detours on the Way to Hollywood
149
The Genre Film
167

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About the author (1994)

Eileen Bowser is former Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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