Encyclopedia of Early Cinema by Richard Abel

By Richard Abel

Overlaying the Eighteen Nineties to the mid-1910s, this paintings makes a speciality of the interval in which filmmaking stepped forward from the early flickering relocating photographs that lasted just a subject of seconds to multiple-reel, characteristic motion pictures working greater than an hour. by way of supplying a world viewpoint and encompassing not just the creation points of early films but in addition their distribution, exhibition, and reception, this paintings fills a spot within the reference literature on movie.

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P. Sjöström, Victor Stiller, Mauritz SWITZERLAND Burlingham, Frederick Dussaud, François Joye, Joseph-Alexis Lavanchy-Clarke, François-Henri Le Blond, Elizabeth Alice Frances Sivan, Casimir USA Addams, Jane Aitken, Harry Anderson, Gilbert M. J. Balshofer, Fred J. Baumann, Charles O. Bedding, Thomas G. Berst, Jacques A. Stuart Boggs, Francis Bonine, Robert Kates Bosworth, Hobart Brady, William Aloysius Brulator, Jules E. Buckwalter, Harry H. Stephen Bushman, Francis X. Christy Chaplin, Charles Clement, Josephine Clune, William H.

The first period is perhaps best described as a “cinema of attractions,” whose defining characteristic was not so much storytelling or narrative but rather attractions—that is, forms of spectacle or display. In other words, it assumed venues of exhibition that primarily featured novelties foregrounding acts of shock, surprise, and/or amazement. The second is characterized by the transition to a cinema in which attractions generally were subordinated to narrative yet in different ways, with a variety of alternatives developing (in Europe and elsewhere) in parallel, and sometimes in competition, with the American model of what would become the “classical Hollywood” cinema.

Christy Chaplin, Charles Clement, Josephine Clune, William H. Cody, William F. (“Buffalo Bill”) Collier, John Corbett, James J. Searle DeMille, Cecil B. Dickson, William Kennedy Laurie Dintenfass, Mark M. Dwan, Allan Dyer, Frank L. Eastman, George Edison, Thomas Alvin Farnum, Dustin Finch, Flora Ford, Francis Foster, William Fox, William Freuler, John L. Austin Gardner, Helen Gauntier, Gene Gilmore, William E. Gish, Lillian Grau, Robert Grauman, Sid Gregory, Carl Louis Griffith, David Wark Harrison, Louis Reeves Hart, William S.

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