American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations (The by Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

By Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

It used to be throughout the children that filmmaking really got here into its personal. Studios migrated to the West Coast, setting up a connection among moviemaking and the exoticism of Hollywood. The essays in American Cinema of the 1910s discover the quick advancements of the last decade that all started with D. W. Griffith s unequalled one-reelers. by means of mid-decade, multi-reel characteristic movies have been profoundly reshaping the and deluxe theaters have been equipped 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 global conflict I, the political, financial, and commercial basis was once laid for American cinema's worldwide dominance. via the top of the last decade, filmmaking had turn into a real undefined, whole with vertical integration, effective specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory corporations.
Some of the movies mentioned during this quantity are: The Lonedale Operator, site visitors in Souls, The Perils of Pauline, The delivery of a kingdom, The Cheat, Intolerance, and female and male.

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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). She told the judge she had devised the scheme by combining plots from two films. ” Pittsburgh officials blamed a rash of streetcar crimes on popular western movies that depicted daring stagecoach robberies.

The film’s solution will be to integrate the Jewish girl into a country home (just as the Irish cop Quinn represents an earlier wave of assimilated immigrants) and to protest the masculine bustle of commerce via female images. ”) Social reformers 36 SCOTT SIMMON also drew on the traditions of women’s place on the farm to protest city problems. Jane Addams asked, “Is that dreariness in city life, that lack of domesticity which the humblest farm dwelling presents, due to a withdrawal of one of the naturally cooperating forces?

Reform”—of cities, business practices, and the excesses of wealth—was in the air, even if few agreed on what it meant. President William Howard Taft, who had taken office the year previous, was more of an activist trustbuster than his predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, but lacked the former president’s charisma, 28 SCOTT SIMMON notwithstanding his 350 pounds. (“When I hear someone say ‘Mr. ) The national midterm election ushered in a decade of Democratic control, with Taft’s Republican Party ceding the House of Representatives for the first time in sixteen years and losing ten seats in the ninety-two-man Senate.

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