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This authoritative selection of introductory and really good readings explores the wealthy and leading edge historical past of this era in American cinema. Spanning a vital diversity of topics from the early 1900s Nickelodeon to the decline of the studio approach within the Sixties, it combines a vast old context with cautious readings of person movies.

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The transition to sound may have been smoothly accommodated by the Hollywood mode of production and it certainly secured rather than destabilized the major studios’ domination of the domestic and world markets, but it changed forever what audiences expected and got every time they went to the movies. Synchronized sound gave filmmakers a new and powerful tool to advance realism – the ricochet of bullets, the screeching of tires, the tapping of dancing feet – and restored to acting the volume and inflections of voice.

But certain essential technical advances were achieved during this time, establishing the means by which the medium would enter into its golden age. Winsor McCay pioneered animation with Little Nemo (1911) and Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). Y. Herald Tribune,” McCay relied upon hand drawing thousands of cartoons set before the Vitagraph camera. The impracticality of this method for mass production is clear, but it would not be long before Earl Hurd and J. R. Bray, working separately, would develop the means by which to animate specific sections of the frame against a background that did not require movement.

Chaplin: His Life and Art. New York: McGraw-Hill. Sklar, Robert. (1994). Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies. Revised and updated. New York: Vintage Books. Staiger, Janet. (1985). ” In David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, & Kristin Thompson (eds), The Classical Hollywood Cinema (pp. 128–141). New York: Columbia University Press. Thompson, Kristin. (1985). Exporting Entertainment: America in the World Film Market 1907–1934. London: British Film Institute. 2 D. W. Griffith and the Development of American Narrative Cinema Charlie Keil Professor, University of Toronto, Canada Few American directors have received as much attention by historians and scholars over the past 20 years as D.

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