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The transformation of cinema, 1907-1915

Author: Eileen Bowser
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1994, ©1990.
Series: History of the American cinema, v. 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Transformation of Cinema chronicles the history of the American film business from the days of storefront nickelodeons to the premiere of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, complete with full symphony orchestra. Eileen Bowser here redresses the imbalance of the "Griffith did it all" cliché by discussing the efforts of countless lesser-known figures who also helped to create Hollywood and shape the growing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eileen Bowser
ISBN: 0520085345 9780520085343
OCLC Number: 29313970
Notes: Originally published: New York : Scribner ; Toronto : Collier Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1990. (History of the American cinema ; v. 2).
Description: xii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Preface --
The nickelodeon --
A game of freeze-out --
The recruiting station of vice --
The films: alternate scenes --
General Filmco and the pushcart peddlers --
Acting: the camera's closer view --
Brand names and stars --
Movie palaces --
Trademarks, titles, introductions --
Detours on the way to Hollywood --
The genre film --
The feature film --
The lid comes off --
Refining the product --
Scene dissection, spectacle, film as art --
List of abbreviations --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Picture sources --
General index --
Index of films.
Series Title: History of the American cinema, v. 2.
Responsibility: Eileen Bowser.
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Chronicles a colourful period in American film history, from the origin of store-front nickleodeons to the establishment of the Motion Picture Patents Company. The study recounts how film companies  Read more...

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"There is no equivalent to these books.. . . When Eileen Bowser says that the term 'movie star' was first applied to Florence Turner, the Vitagraph actress, in 1910, you can trust her as you never Read more...

 
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