Americanizing the Movies and

Americanizing the Movies and "Movie-Mad" Audiences, 1910-1914 / Edition 1

by Richard Abel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520247426

ISBN-13: 9780520247420

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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 sensational melodramas, including westerns (cowboy, cowboy-girl, and
Indian pictures), Civil War films (especially girl-spy films), detective films, and animal pictures—all popular genres of the day that have received little critical attention. He simultaneously analyzes film distribution and exhibition practices in order to reconstruct a context for understanding moviegoing at a time when American cities were coming to grips with new groups of immigrants and women working outside the home. Drawing from a wealth of research in archive prints, the trade press, fan magazines, newspaper advertising, reviews, and syndicated columns—the latter of which highlight the importance of the emerging star system—Abel sheds new light on the history of the film industry, on working-class and immigrant culture at the turn of the century, and on the process of imaging a national community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520247420
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
391
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

"L'Envoi of moving pictures"1
"Signs of the times"11
Ch. 1American variety and/or foreign features : the throes of film distribution13
Document : "the backbone of the business"40
"The power of a nickel"43
Entr'acte 1Mapping the local terrain of exhibition45
Document : "moving pictures and their audiences"55
"My picture girl"59
Ch. 2The "usable past" of westerns : cowboy, cowboy girl, and Indian pictures, part 161
Document : "the 'bison-101' headliners"79
"Bein' usher in a motion picture show"83
Entr'acte 2Moviegoing habits and everyday life85
Document : "some picture show audiences"96
"The motion picture cowboy"103
Ch. 3The "usable past" of westerns : cowboy, cowboy girl, and Indian pictures, part 2105
Document : "latest snapshots local and worldwide"122
"In a minor chord"125
Entr'acte 3A "forgotten" part of the program : illustrated songs127
Document : "unique effects in song slides"135
"A Dixie mother"139
Ch. 4The "usable past" of Civil War films : the years of the "golden jubilee"141
Document : "sundered ties"165
Document : "feature films: the battle of Gettysburg"166
"He's seen a lot"169
Entr'acte 4Another "forgotten" part of the program : nonfiction171
Document : "reviews of special feature subjects"181
"The maid of the movies"183
Ch. 5The "usable present" of thrillers : from the jungle to the city185
Document : "advertising and criticising"209
"The photoplayers"213
Entr'acte 5Trash twins : newspapers and moving pictures215
Document : "moving picture sections"226
"The M. P. girl"229
Ch. 6"The power of personality in pictures" : movie stars and "matinee girls"231
Document : "personality a force in pictures"252
Document : "'Miss Billie unafraid' - torn by a tiger but nervy as ever to act the most daring things ever seen on the stage! - heroine of movies"254
Document : "sees the movies as great, new field for women folk"255

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