Author : Charlie Keil, Ben Singer
Description:It was during the teens that filmmaking truly came into its own. Studios migrated to the West Coast, establishing a connection between moviemaking and the exoticism of Hollywood. The essays in American Cinema of the 1910s explore the rapid developments of the decade that began with D. W. Griffith s unrivaled one-reelers. By mid-decade, multi-reel feature films were profoundly reshaping the industry and deluxe theaters were built to attract the broadest possible audience. Stars like Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks became vitally important and companies began writing high-profile contracts to secure them. With the outbreak of World War I, the political, economic, and industrial groundwork was laid for American cinema’s global dominance. By the end of the decade, filmmaking had become a true industry, complete with vertical integration, efficient specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory agencies. Some of the films discussed in this volume are: The Lonedale Operator, Traffic in Souls, The Perils of Pauline, The Birth of a Nation, The Cheat, Intolerance, and Male and Female.