Robert Goldstein And The Spirit Of '76

Robert Goldstein And The Spirit Of '76

by Robert Goldstein, Anthony Slide
     
 

Impressed by the success of The Birth of a Nation, Robert Goldstein, owner of a well-known Los Angeles costume supply house, produced his own epic film drama, The Spirit of '76 and screened it in Los Angeles shortly after America's entry into World War I. The film was denounced as anti-British and treasonous. Arrested under the Espionage Act, Goldstein became the

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Impressed by the success of The Birth of a Nation, Robert Goldstein, owner of a well-known Los Angeles costume supply house, produced his own epic film drama, The Spirit of '76 and screened it in Los Angeles shortly after America's entry into World War I. The film was denounced as anti-British and treasonous. Arrested under the Espionage Act, Goldstein became the first and only American jailed for the crime of producing a patriotic film. Film historian Tony Slide includes an introductory essay, reprints contemporary documentation, and publishes a 1927 manuscript by Goldstein, in which he fully documents the background to the film, its making, his arrest and trial, and his later suffering.

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An essay and collection of primary documents on the making of the 1917 film The Spirit of ^76 and the arrest and trial of its producer, Goldstein, for treason. The US government had no use for the glorification of rebellion as it plunged into World War I. Publishes for the first time Goldstein's own 1927 account of the film, the trial, the prison term, and his later suffering. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810826748
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
Scarecrow Filmmakers Series, #34
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Slide has published over forty pioneering works on film history, among them the first volumes dealing exclusively with early American cinema, the Vitagraph Company, the Fine Arts Company, filmmaking in Ireland, film preservation, and the non-theatrical film. He edits the Scarecrow Filmmakers Series and has produced a series of documentary films on silent screen personalities. In 1990 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bowling Green University; Lilian Gish called him "our preeminent historian of the silent film."

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