American Cinema 1890-1909: Themes and Variations

Editor Andre Gaudreault

Rutgers University Press | January 13, 2009 | Hardcover

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At the turn of the twentieth century, cinema was quickly establishing itself as a legitimate form of popular entertainment.

The essays in American Cinema 1890-1909 explore and define how the making of motion pictures flowered into an industry that would finally become the central entertainment institution of the world. Beginning with all the early types of pictures that moved, this volume tells the story of the invention and consolidation of the various processes that gave rise to what we now call "cinema." By examining the battles over patents, production, exhibition, and the reception of film, readers learn how going to the movies became a social tradition in American society.

In the course of these two decades, cinema succeeded both in establishing itself among other entertainment and instructional media and in updating various forms of spectacle.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.64 × 2.41 × 0.39 in

Published: January 13, 2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0813544424

ISBN - 13: 9780813544427

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American Cinema 1890-1909: Themes and Variations

American Cinema 1890-1909: Themes and Variations

Editor Andre Gaudreault

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.64 × 2.41 × 0.39 in

Published: January 13, 2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0813544424

ISBN - 13: 9780813544427

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At the turn of the twentieth century, cinema was quickly establishing itself as a legitimate form of popular entertainment.

The essays in American Cinema 1890-1909 explore and define how the making of motion pictures flowered into an industry that would finally become the central entertainment institution of the world. Beginning with all the early types of pictures that moved, this volume tells the story of the invention and consolidation of the various processes that gave rise to what we now call "cinema." By examining the battles over patents, production, exhibition, and the reception of film, readers learn how going to the movies became a social tradition in American society.

In the course of these two decades, cinema succeeded both in establishing itself among other entertainment and instructional media and in updating various forms of spectacle.

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The essays in American Cinema 1890-1909 explore and define how the making of motion pictures flowered into an industry that would finally become the central entertainment institution of the world. Beginning with all the early types of pictures that moved, this volume tells the story of the invention and consolidation of the various processes that gave rise to what we now call "cinema."