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The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915 (History of the American Cinema #2)

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Eileen Bowser 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. 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 fo ...more
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Published May 4th 1994 by University of California Press (first published 1990)
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Michael
Apr 14, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Film Historians, American Historians, Silent Era Fans
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
This book roughly covers the period today remembered as the “Nickelodeon Era” in film history, through its demise and transformation into something more closely resembling the later film industry in the United States. At the beginning of the period, many of the conventions of filmmaking would seem strange to us: for example, the majority of films were “actualities” or documentaries, most were very short (ten minutes or less) and they were shown in variety programs that would include slide shows, ...more
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Jul 22, 2016 Buckey Grimm rated it it was amazing
AN outstanding look at the developments during some of the formative years in the Motion Picture Industry. Bowser does an outstanding job breaking down into different elements all of the different factors that changed the structure of Moviemaking in the first decade of the Moving Picture Industry.
Her writing is concise, and well researched as well as being a well structured narrative. For those interested in the what drove the changes in the industry, this is your starting point. Highly recommen
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History of the American Cinema (10 books)
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  • An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928
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  • Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930-1939 (History of the American Cinema, Vol 5)
  • Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s (History of the American Cinema, #6)
  • The Fifties: Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959 (History of the American Cinema, #7)
  • The Sixties: 1960-1969 (History of the American Cinema, #8)
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