Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer [NOOK Book]

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Thomas H. Ince (1880--1924) turned movie-making into a business enterprise. Progressing from actor to director and screenwriter, he revolutionized the motion picture industry through developing the role of the producer. In addition to building the first major Hollywood studio facility, dubbed "Inceville," he was responsible for more than 800 films.

Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer chronicles Ince's life from the stage to his sudden death as he was about to join ...

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Overview

Thomas H. Ince (1880--1924) turned movie-making into a business enterprise. Progressing from actor to director and screenwriter, he revolutionized the motion picture industry through developing the role of the producer. In addition to building the first major Hollywood studio facility, dubbed "Inceville," he was responsible for more than 800 films.

Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer chronicles Ince's life from the stage to his sudden death as he was about to join forces with media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Author Brian Taves explores Ince's impact on Hollywood's production system, the Western, his creation of the first American movies starring Asian performers, and his cinematic exploration of the status of women in society.

Until now, Thomas Ince has not been the subject of a biography. This book offers insight into the world of silent cinema through the story of one of its earliest and most influential moguls.

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"Will undoubtedly become a priceless handbook for everyone interested in the history of [the] American film industry." -- 25fps

Mindy Aloff
…for the first time…the full range of Ince's contributions to the movies has been persuasively documented…Brian Taves…has given us a portrait of a commercial producer who worked during a time when such a person could still have the inclination of an artist…[Taves] is painstakingly righting nearly a century of wrongheaded, ignorant or deliberately cruel thinking about Ince's character and career.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813139982
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Series: Screen Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 577,815
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Taves is an archivist with the Library of Congress, where this project began with a staff fellowship award. He is the author of over a hundred articles and six books including P. G. Wodehouse and Hollywood: Screenwriting, Satires and Adaptation; Robert Florey: The French Expressionist; and The Romance of Adventure: The Genre of Historical Adventure Movies. He lives in Culpeper, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Beginnings, 1880-1912

1 Stage Apprenticeship 17

2 Starting in Films 23

Part 2 Making a Reputation, 1912-1915

3 The Job of a Producer 41

4 Establishing a Studio 53

Part 3 Innovations, 1914-1917

5 Generic Experimentation 75

6 The Prescient Failure 89

Part 4 Paramount, 1917-1921

7 A Fresh Start 111

8 The Star Series 119

9 World War I and Specials 143

Part 5 The Perils of an Independent, 1919-1924

10 Associated Producers, 1919-1921 161

11 The Inevitable Merger, 1921-1922 177

12 War with First National, 1922 189

13 The Studio Resumes Production, 1922-1923 199

14 Case Study of a Production and Its Personnel: Her Reputation, 1922-1923 211

15 Initial Distribution beyond First National, 1923 231

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