The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910

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Only once in cinema history have imported films dominated the American market: during the nickelodeon era in the early years of the twentieth century, when the Pathé company's "Red Rooster" films could be found "everywhere." Through extensive original research, Richard Abel demonstrates how crucial French films were in making "going to the movies" popular in the United States, first in vaudeville houses and then in nickelodeons.
Abel then deftly exposes the consequences of that ...

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Overview

Only once in cinema history have imported films dominated the American market: during the nickelodeon era in the early years of the twentieth century, when the Pathé company's "Red Rooster" films could be found "everywhere." Through extensive original research, Richard Abel demonstrates how crucial French films were in making "going to the movies" popular in the United States, first in vaudeville houses and then in nickelodeons.
Abel then deftly exposes the consequences of that popularity. He shows how, in the midst of fears about mass immigration and concern that women and children (many of them immigrants) were the principal audience for moving pictures, the nickelodeon became a contested site of Americanization. Pathé's Red Rooster films came to be defined as dangerously "foreign" and "alien" and even "feminine" (especially in relation to "American" subjects like westerns). Their impact was thwarted, and they were nearly excluded from the market, all in order to ensure that the American cinema would be truly American.
The Red Rooster Scare offers a revealing and readable cultural history of American cinema's nationalization, by one of the most distinguished historians of early cinema.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520212039
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Abel is NEH Professor of English at Drake University and author of The Ciné Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914 (California, 1994), French Film Theory and Criticism, 1907-1939 (1988), and French Cinema: The First Wave, 1915-1929 (1984).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Trick or Treat: What "Commercial Crisis," 1900-1903? 1
Document 1 "Clever Moving Pictures," Los Angeles Times (11 October 1903) 13
Entr'acte 1 Marketing Films as a Product Category: Brand Names and Trademarks 14
Ch. 2 "Pathe Goes to Town": French Films Create a Market for the Nickelodeon, 1903-1906 20
Document 2 "An Unexploited Field and Its Possibilities: A Chance for Good Exhibitions," Views and Films Index (6 October 1906) 37
Entr'acte 2 The Color of Nitrate: Pathe's "Heavenly Billboards" 40
Ch. 3 The French Rooster Rules the Roost, 1905-1908 48
Document 3 Collier, "Cheap Amusements," Charities and Commons (11 April 1908) 73
Document 4 Hulfish, "A Store-Front Theater Building," Cyclopedia of Motion-Picture Work (1911) 77
Entr'acte 3 A Trade Press for the "World's Greatest Show" 80
Ch. 4 Reclaiming the Market, Cleaning Up the Barnyard, 1907-1909 87
Document 5 "Music and Films," Views and Films Index (16 May 1908) 102
Document 6 "Earmarks of Makers," New York Dramatic Mirror (14 November 1908) 105
Entr'acte 4 "The Drummer and the Girl": The Sound of Music in the Nickelodeon 110
Ch. 5 The Perils of Pathe: "Americanize or Be Foreignized," 1907-1910 118
Document 7 Bedding, "The Modern Way in Moving Picture Making," Moving Picture World (13 March 1909) 140
Document 8 Lux Graphicus [Thomas Bedding], "On the Screen," Moving Picture World (25 December 1909) 141
Entr'acte 5 From "Delivering the Goods" to Adoring "Gods and Goddesses" 143
Ch. 6 "Our Country"/Whose Country? The Americanization Project of Early Westerns, 1907-1910 151
Document 9 "An American School of Moving Picture Drama," Moving Picture World (20 November 1909) 174
Afterword: The Amnesia of Americanization 177
Appendix 181
Notes 187
Index 287
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