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Americanizing the Movies and �Movie-Mad� Audiences, 1910-1914

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This engaging, deeply researched study provides the richest and most nuanced picture we have to date of cinema—both movies and movie-going—in the early 1910s. At the same time, it makes clear the profound relationship between early cinema and the construction of a national identity in this important transitional period in the United States. Richard Abel looks closely at se ...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published August 28th 2006 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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A very interesting historical account of the evolution of film from one and two reel shorts, to feature length films, and what geographic areas they were popular in. It says a lot about what type of films worked best in a given area (say Boston or Cleveland, for example), and how producers and distributers after figuring out what did work either imported more titles like it from Europe, or (in some cases) saturated the market with their own versions.
Lots of great original source material from pe
Interesting, if somewhat disjointed study of American films and audiences of the early 1910s based on studies of newspapers in 3 towns in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Takes on exhibition practices and theater distribution (which, though important, does make rather tedious reading), American film genres, advertisements, song slides, and the emergence of the star system. Also includes reprinted vintage articles.
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