American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations (The by Charlie Keil, Ben Singer PDF

By Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

ISBN-10: 0813544459

ISBN-13: 9780813544458

It used to be throughout the children that filmmaking actually got here into its personal. Studios migrated to the West Coast, setting up a connection among moviemaking and the exoticism of Hollywood. The essays in American Cinema of the 1910s discover the speedy advancements of the last decade that all started with D. W. Griffith s unequalled one-reelers. by means of mid-decade, multi-reel characteristic motion pictures have been profoundly reshaping the and deluxe theaters have been outfitted to draw the broadest attainable viewers. Stars like Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks grew to become extremely important and firms all started writing high-profile contracts to safe them. With the outbreak of global struggle I, the political, monetary, and business basis was once laid for American cinema's worldwide dominance. through the tip of the last decade, filmmaking had turn into a real undefined, whole with vertical integration, effective specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory businesses.
Some of the movies mentioned during this quantity are: The Lonedale Operator, site visitors in Souls, The Perils of Pauline, The start of a kingdom, The Cheat, Intolerance, and female and male.

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Though this report’s author was taken aback by the number of men in the audience, worried reformers focused much more on children and female viewers. A survey of a Connecticut town at the end of the year found 90 percent of children ten to fourteen going to the movies, more than half attending once a week or more, and over a third going without a parent or guardian (Jump). Percentages in a survey by New York City’s reformist People’s Institute were higher, with “fully three-quarters of the children” attending at least once a week (Inglis).

For all the focus in the muckraking press on the problems of crowded cities, however, America was still predominantly a rural and small-town country: more than half the nation lived in communities of less than 2,500. S. Bureau of the Census, “Thirteenth” 21, 54–55, 93–94, 98; Cashman, Ascendant 90, 67; Schlereth 55). Rapid communication and transportation were still available only to a few. Eighty-five percent of homes lacked electricity; there was one telephone for every ninety people; less than 5 percent of eighteen- to twentyone-year-olds went on to college (Schlereth 115; Cooper 136–37).

Given their utility along these lines, one can better understand why producers were willing to acquiesce to astronomical pay demands by the most consistent performers. 24 BEN SINGER AND CHARLIE KEIL ■■■■■■■■■■ Some Reflections on Reflectionism Scholars often take it for granted that films reflect the times in which they were made. Such reflection, however, can take any number of forms. A film might portray contemporaneous news events directly, effecting a kind of reportage about issues of public concern.

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