A Million and One Nights


First Published in 1964. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture

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First Published in 1964. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714615882
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1964
  • Pages: 868
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

The art and its audience; the prehistory of the screen; from Aristotle to Philadelphia; Muybridge in myth and murder; in the house of the wizard; it moves -October 6, 1889; $150 saved - an empire lost; wonders of the world's fair; Black's pre-film pictureplay; two gallants from Virginia; dancing butterflies - intrigue; Major Latham challenges; Armat attains the screen; Paul and "the time machine"; Lumiere's sixteen-a-second; romances of the Lathams; the legend of Richmond; biograph starts with a punch; a trade secret of 1896; first night on Broadway; the invasion of London; first psalm of the cinema; a dance from Cairo and a kiss; vaudeville adopts the films; recruiting the pioneers; when Corbett fought Ruby Robert; the Latham star declines; Chicago - Spoor and Selig; the lawless film frontier; McKinley - biograph's first night; Barnum's grandson entertains; "Edison, Jr." on the Spanish main; the charity bazaar fire; Marshall Field and a book agent; the saga of calvary; and then the fight started; Blackton, Smith and Rock; Melies magic and the pirates; Alaska, war and Tammany; bright lights and dark deeds; the story picture is born; the screen theatre arrives; Roosevelt and Dockstader; when actors scorned the screen; Carl Laemmle takes a chance; enter D.W. Griffith with Mss; Kalem and the first "Ben Hur"; Jeremiah J. Kennedy, hardboiled; and now comes censorship; the trust war begins; introducing Mary Pickford; Griffith evolves screen syntax; T.R. gets nature-faked again; imp kidnaps trust star; the discovery of California; a cowboy, and undertaker, et al; the Latham's last day; adventures in Kinemacolor; Tom Ince raises a moustache; herring, diamonds and Selznick; Adolph Zukor and SarahBernhardt; the Gishes, "pink" and "blue"; the screen discovers sex; Lasky rents a barn; "the birth of a nation"; "Charlie Chapman" gets an offer; the screen and press conspire; Panchito Villa sells a war; "Roxy" comes to Broadway; Washington, London and the Taj Mahal; Jack Johnson's film knockout; Bara and the vampire; "104,000" for little Mary; Triangle, Fairbanks and Riesenfeld; Henry Ford answers a war cry; $670,000 for Chaplin; Mary, quite contrary, takes a million; two millions on Belshazzar; Zukored and Selznicked; Wilson, Hearst and Creel; Mary, McAdoo and Monte Carlo; Will Hays goes to lunch; today; appendix.
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