By Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

ISBN-10: 0813544459

ISBN-13: 9780813544458

It was once throughout the youngsters that filmmaking really got here into its personal. Studios migrated to the West Coast, constructing a connection among moviemaking and the exoticism of Hollywood. The essays in American Cinema of the 1910s discover the fast advancements of the last decade that started with D. W. Griffith s unequalled one-reelers. via mid-decade, multi-reel function movies have been profoundly reshaping the and deluxe theaters have been outfitted to draw the broadest attainable viewers. Stars like Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks turned very important and corporations begun writing high-profile contracts to safe them. With the outbreak of worldwide warfare I, the political, fiscal, and business basis was once laid for American cinema's worldwide dominance. by way of the top of the last decade, filmmaking had turn into a real undefined, entire with vertical integration, effective specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory organisations.
Some of the movies mentioned during this quantity are: The Lonedale Operator, site visitors in Souls, The Perils of Pauline, The beginning of a country, The Cheat, Intolerance, and female and male.

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Studios came to rely upon stars as the most reliable predictors of a film’s possible and probable gross, based upon records of past performance. Expensive as they were, stars provided fiscal rationality. They were not actually expensive if they enabled outlay and income to be properly attuned. Losing money through inaccurate calibration was much more damaging to the bottom line. Given their utility along these lines, one can better understand why producers were willing to acquiesce to astronomical pay demands by the most consistent performers.

Five million people are thought to be in daily attendance at the picture shows. If it is a matter of public concern what sort of plays are run on the stage and what sort of articles are published in the newspapers and magazines, it is surely important that the subject-matter of the most popular medium of reaching the people be at least not degrading. This chapter looks into a few of the more revealing movies of the year—a year without any agreed-upon canonical masterworks—and into some of the fears and dreams that movies inspired, but it helps first to remember what it was like to live then.

Concerns about children centered on their exposure to films about crime, and a seemingly endless series of news stories bemoaned how previously angelic kids spiraled downward toward their destruction because of the movies. “Turned to Arson by Moving Pictures” told of a twelve-year-old girl who twice set fire to her Bronx apartment house after her father failed to pay the $50 demanded by an extortion note she left for him signed by “the Black Hand” (the popular name for the Italian mafia, especially in movies).

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