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

By Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

It was once throughout the youth that filmmaking really got here into its personal. particularly, the migration of studios to the West Coast proven 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 way of mid-decade, multi-reel characteristic motion pictures have been profoundly reshaping the and deluxe theaters have been outfitted to draw the broadest attainable viewers. Stars like Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks turned extremely important and firms begun writing high-profile contracts to safe them. With the outbreak of worldwide warfare I, the political, monetary, and business foundation was once laid for American cinema's worldwide dominance. through the tip of the last decade, filmmaking had turn into a real undefined, entire with vertical integration, effective specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory agencies.

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That is, movie patrons—“these same young persons”—could “stroll through the lobbies of half a dozen Los Angeles hotels” and “encounter the majority of the characters they have admired upon the screen” (“New Hero”). As another February Los Angeles Times article noted about location shooting, “The participants have been handicapped by the number of spectators. That is one of the things most dreaded by the picture actors” (“In the Motion”). Movie fan culture had evidently arrived. A. dateline of such news items seems unremarkable now, but that winter of 1909–10 was the first time major filmmaking companies put down roots on the West Coast.

Among Democrats swept into office were future presidents Woodrow Wilson (as New Jersey governor) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (as a New York state senator). ■■■■■■■■■■ Audiences, Stars, and the Birth of Hollywood Going to the movies at the start of the decade most often meant going to nickelodeons, an accurate enough name in terms of ticket prices, although ten cents was becoming common in larger cities. The year saw many reports about the demise of live popular theater, and with surprisingly little lament.

Long-distance travel meant taking the railroads; travel within cities generally meant taking streetcars or trolleys. Rural travel meant walking or riding a horse, mule, or horsedrawn wagon. Even New York City had a horse population sufficient—as one of the era’s intrepid statisticians calculated—to deposit three million pounds of manure and sixty thousand gallons of urine on its streets every day (Schlereth 20, 24). With the year’s first tests of electric “self-starters” in place of hand cranks on cars, driving was opening more widely to women (Cooper 134).

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