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AN EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT: Drama and Melodrama – By Richard Koszarski 1990

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AN EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT: Drama and Melodrama – By Richard Koszarski 1990 AN EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT: THE AGE OF THE SILENT FEATURE PICTURE 1915-1928 By Richard Koszarski 1990 Drama and Melodrama: The Genre Film For the most part, silent dramatic features failed to take advantage of their added length in any but the most peripheral ways. Continuing to operate in the melodramatic tradition that had worked so well during the nickelodeon era, they simply added larger quantities of information on plot, locale, and characterization. The world thus created was far more dense than that suggested by the one-and two-reelers: the illusionistic power of the narrative was increased without altering the main ingredients of plot and characterization, which remained highly conventionalized. There were good reasons for melodrama to take hold so firmly in the pre-1914 cinema. As a dramatic style, it dominated the American stage at a time when Ibsen, Shaw, and even Pinero were considered too radical…

Hearts of the World – Fictionized version by Julian Johnson (Photoplay July 1918)

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Hearts of the World – Fictionized version by Julian Johnson (Photoplay July 1918) Photoplay July 1918 Hearts of the World Fictionized version by Julian Johnson The Great New War Photodrama by D.W. GriffithIn a little village in France there was happiness and love and all the joy of humble folk who loved their homes; then came the war and with the war common souls sprung to the stature of heroes; and these souls are the hearts of the world of today. Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish and Riobert Harron – Hearts of the World ABOUT the time William McKinley was elected President of the United States for a second term, Stephenson and Hamilton, artists, met in a New York cafe, and decided that although they were staunch Americans, their careers and reputations warranted them in passing the rest of their lives in quieter, and more purely artistic surroundings abroad. America was too turbulent, too unsettled, too full of political and social upheaval. They needed a contemplative atmosphere where amb…