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Overview

The Silent Cinema Reader is a comprehensive resource of key writings on early cinema, addressing filmmaking practice, film form, style and content, and the ways in which silent films were exhibited and understood by their audiences, from the beginnings of film in the late nineteenth century to the coming of sound in the late 1920s.
The Reader covers international developments in film aesthetics, the growth of the American film industry and its relationship with foreign competitors at home and abroad, and the broader cultural, social and political contexts of film production and consumption in the United States as well as Britain, France, Russia and Germany. The Reader includes in-depth case studies of major directors and stars of the silent era, including Cecil B. DeMille, Eisenstein, D. W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.

Articles are grouped into thematic sections, each with an introduction by the editors, which focus on:

* Film projection and variety shows
* Storytelling and the nickelodeon
* Cinema and reform
* Feature films and cinema programmes
* Classical Hollywood cinema
* European national cinemas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415252843
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,257,313
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Prologue: Introduction 11
1 At the Beginning: Motion Picture Production, Representation and Ideology at the Edison and Lumiere Companies 15
Pt. I Film projection and variety shows
Introduction 31
2 "Now You See It, Now You Don't": The Temporality of the Cinema of Attractions 41
3 The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), G. A. Smith and the Emergence of the Edited Film in England 51
4 The Cinema of Attractions in France, 1896-1904 63
Pt. II Storytelling and the nickelodeon
Introduction 77
5 Moving Towards Fictional Narratives: Story Films Become the Dominant Product, 1903-1904 87
6 Pathe Goes to Town: French Films Create a Market for the Nickelodeon, 1903-1906 103
7 Manhattan Nickelodeons: New Data on Audiences and Exhibitors 119
Pt. III Cinema and reform
Introduction 135
8 From the Opium Den to the Theatre of Morality: Moral Discourse and the Film Process in Early American Cinema 145
9 How Many Times Shall Caesar Bleed in Sport: Shakespeare and the Cultural Debate about Moving Pictures 155
10 Fighting Films: Race, Morality, and the Governing of Cinema, 1912-1915 169
Pt. IV Feature films and cinema programmes
Introduction 187
11 A Star is Born: American Culture and the Dynamics of Charlie Chaplin's Star Image, 1913-1916 197
12 An Awful Struggle Between Love and Ambition: Serial Heroines, Serial Stars and Their Female Fans 210
13 Traffic in Souls (1913): An Experiment in Feature-Length Narrative Construction 226
14 Race, Melodrama, and the Birth of a Nation (1915) 242
15 The International Exploration of Cinematic Expressivity 254
Pt. V Classical Hollywood cinema
Introduction 271
16 The Making of a Comic Star: Buster Keaton and the Saphead (1920) 279
17 "The Perfect Lover"?: Valentino and Ethnic Masculinity in the 1920s 290
18 The New Woman and Consumer Culture: Cecil B. DeMille's Sex Comedies 305
19 The Open Door: Hollywood's Public Relations at Home and Abroad, 1922-1928 318
Pt. VI European cinemas
Introduction 329
20 New Notes on Russian Film Culture Between 1908 and 1919 339
21 Early Alternatives to the Hollywood Mode of Production: Implications for Europe's Avant-Gardes 349
22 Monumental Heroics: Form and style in Eisenstein's Silent Films 368
23 Art and Industry: German Cinema of the 1920s 389
Bibliography 401
Index 416
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