Now Playing: Early Moviegoing and the Regulation of Fun

Now Playing: Early Moviegoing and the Regulation of Fun

by Paul S. Moore
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0791474186

ISBN-13: 9780791474181

Pub. Date: 04/10/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Using Toronto as a case study, and focusing on a period from the opening of the first theaters showcasing moving pictures in 1906 to the end of World War I, Now Playing locates the origins of our present-day mass audience in the culture of cities. Paul S. Moore examines the emergence of everyday moviegoing and its regulation through neglected details like fire safety,

Overview

Using Toronto as a case study, and focusing on a period from the opening of the first theaters showcasing moving pictures in 1906 to the end of World War I, Now Playing locates the origins of our present-day mass audience in the culture of cities. Paul S. Moore examines the emergence of everyday moviegoing and its regulation through neglected details like fire safety, newspaper ads, serial films, and amusement taxes, connecting them to more familiar themes of studio ownership of theaters, censorship, and journalism. In Toronto—a foreign city inside the American mass market—patriotism ultimately comes to the fore as civic forms of showmanship turn the simple act of “going to the movies” into a form of citizenship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791474181
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Series:
SUNY series, Horizons of Cinema Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Early Moviegoing and the Regulation of Fun     1
Rendezvous for Particular People: The Local Roots of Mass Culture     17
Socially Combustible: Panicky People and Flammable Films     45
Showmanship in Formation: Incorporating the Civic Work of Competition     75
Senseless Censors and Startling Deeds: From Police Beat to Bureaucracy     113
Everybody's Going: Introducing the Mass Audience to Itself     153
Conclusion: Wartime Filmgoing as Citizenship     199
Works Cited     225
Index     239

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >