Early American cinema in transition : story, style, and filmmaking, 1907-1913 /

The period 1907-1913 marks a crucial transitional moment in American cinema. As moving picture shows changed from mere noveity to an increasingly popular entertainment, fledgling studios responded with longer running times and more complex storytelling. A growing trade press and changing production...

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Main Author: Keil, Charlie.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2001.
Series:Wisconsin studies in film.
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Summary:The period 1907-1913 marks a crucial transitional moment in American cinema. As moving picture shows changed from mere noveity to an increasingly popular entertainment, fledgling studios responded with longer running times and more complex storytelling. A growing trade press and changing production procedures also influenced filmmaking. In Early American Cinema in Transition, Charlie Keil looks at a broad cross-section of fiction films to examine the formal changes in cinema of this period and the ways that filmmakers developed narrative techniques to suit the fifteen-minute, one-reel format. Keil outlines the kinds of narratives that proved most suitable for a single reel's duration, the particular demands that time and space exerted on this early form of film narration, and the ways filmmakers employed the unique features of a primarily visual medium to craft stories that would appeal to an audience numbering in the millions. He underscores his analysis with a detailed look at six films: The Boy Detective; The Forgotten Watch; Rose O'Salem-Town; Cupid's Monkey Wrench; Belle Boyd, a Confederate Spy; and Suspense. Book jacket.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xiii, 306 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography:Filmography: pages 270-286.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-295) and indexes.
ISBN:9780299173630
0299173631
1283486008
9781283486002
029917364X
9780299173647
9786613486004
6613486000