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The emergence of cinema : the American screen to 1907

Author: Charles Musser
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1994, ©1990.
Series: History of the American cinema, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Looks at the early years of the motion picture industry through 1907.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Musser
ISBN: 0520085337 9780520085336
OCLC Number: 29312551
Notes: Originally published: New York : Scribner ; Toronto : Collier Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1990. (History of the American cinema ; v. 1).
Description: xvii, 613 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: General preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
pt. 1. Before cinema. Toward a history of screen practice - Thomas Edison and the amusement world - Projecting motion pictures: invention and innovation --
pt. 2. The novelty of cinema: 1896-1897. The vitascope - Early motion-picture companies - The proliferation of motion-picture companies and an assessment of the novelty year --
pt. 3. The exhibitor plays a creative role: 1897-1900. Full-length programs: fights, passion plays, and travel - Commercial warfare and the Spanish American War: 1897-1898 - The film industry achieves modest stability: 1898-1901 --
pt. 4. The production company assumes creative dominance: 1900-1905. A period of commercial crisis: 1900-1903 - The transition to story films: 1903-1904 - Cinema flourishes within its existing commercial framework: 1904-1905 --
pt. 5. The beginnings of the nickelodeon era: 1905-1907. Nickels count: storefront theaters: 1905-1907 - Production as the nickelodeon era begins: 1905-1907 --
Concluding remarks --
List of abbreviations --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Picture sources --
General index --
Index of films.
Series Title: History of the American cinema, v. 1.
Responsibility: Charles Musser.
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