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American Cinema's Transitional Era: Audiences, Institutions, Practices / Edition 1
     

American Cinema's Transitional Era: Audiences, Institutions, Practices / Edition 1

by Charlie Keil
 

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ISBN-10: 0520240278

ISBN-13: 2900520240277

Pub. Date: 07/12/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

The years between 1908 and 1917 witnessed what may have been the most significant transformation in American film history. During this "transitional era," widespread changes affected film form and film genres, filmmaking practices and industry structure, exhibition sites, and audience demographics. By the end of the period, cinema had moved toward the shape it

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The years between 1908 and 1917 witnessed what may have been the most significant transformation in American film history. During this "transitional era," widespread changes affected film form and film genres, filmmaking practices and industry structure, exhibition sites, and audience demographics. By the end of the period, cinema had moved toward the shape it would assume for decades under the studio system. This collection of new essays by prominent film scholars traces these myriad changes, presenting the most detailed and comprehensive portrait yet of this pivotal stage in cinema's development.
Topics under discussion include debates about cinema's place in American culture; the influence of an evolving feature format; the role of state censorship; emerging genres and audiences; onscreen depictions of gender, race, and nationality; changing exhibition practices and theater locales; and the emergence of Hollywood as the nation's film capital.
Contributors: Richard Abel, Constance Balides, Ben Brewster, Scott Curtis, Lee Grieveson, Tom Gunning, Charlie Keil, J. A. Lindstrom, Roberta E. Pearson, Jennifer Lynn Peterson, Lauren Rabinovitz, Ben Singer, Shelley Stamp, Jacqueline Stewart

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520240277
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/12/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
381

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tablesvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part 1.Defining Transition: Revision and Debate
1.Systematizing the Electric Message: Narrative Form, Gender, and Modernity in The Lonedale Operator15
2."To Here from Modernity": Style, Historiography, and Transitional Cinema51
3.Periodization of Early Cinema66
4.Feature Films, Variety Programs, and the Crisis of the Small Exhibitor76
Part 2.The Transitional Screen: New Genres, Cultural Shifts
5.What Happened in the Transition? Reading Race, Gender, and Labor between the Shots103
6.The "Imagined Community" of the Western, 1910-1913131
7.The Coney Island Comedies: Bodies and Slapstick at the Amusement Park and the Movies171
8.Travelogues and Early Nonfiction Film: Education in the School of Dreams191
Part 3.The Industry in Transition: Changing Institutions and Audiences
9.Where Development Has Just Begun: Nickelodeon Location, Moving Picture Audiences, and Neighborhood Development in Chicago217
10.A House Divided: The MPPC in Transition239
11.Not Harmless Entertainment: State Censorship and Cinema in the Transitional Era265
12.Cinema under the Sign of Money: Commercialized Leisure, Economies of Abundance, and Pecuniary Madness, 1905-1915285
13.The Menace of the Movies: Cinema's Challenge to the Theater in the Transitional Period315
14."It's a Long Way to Filmland": Starlets, Screen Hopefuls, and Extras in Early Hollywood332
List of Contributors353
Index357

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