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Stars of the Silents – By EDWARD WAGENKNECHT (1987) PDF Download

  Stars of the Silents – By EDWARD WAGENKNECHT (1987) PDF Download Stars of the Silents By EDWARD WAGENKNECHT The Scarecrow Press, Inc. Metuchen, NJ., & London 1987 Copyright © 1987 by Edward Wagenknecht Manufactured in the United States of America Lillian Gish I first met Lillian Gish at the Blackstone Hotel in December 1920, when she came to Chicago for the local opening of Way Down East at the Woods Theater. I did not meet Dorothy until January 1922, when both she and Lillian came for the opening of Orphans of the Storm and occupied the box just behind mine at the Great Northern Theater. The meeting in Chicago referred to at the end of my discussion occurred, again at the Blackstone and later at the railroad station, when Lillian and her mother stopped off between trains when she was on her way to the Coast to take up her M-G-M contract. It is interesting to reflect that of the roles I mention in my penultimate paragraph as being naturals for her, Ophelia is the only one she eve

THE “I” OF THE CAMERA – William Rothman (1988)

  THE “I” OF THE CAMERA – William Rothman (1988) The I of the camera : essays in film criticism, history, and aesthetics Essays in Film Criticism, History, and Aesthetics William Rothman © Cambridge University Press – 1988 America’s experience of film is virtually unique in that in almost every other country, the impact of film cannot be separated from the process or at least the specter of Americanization, In America, film in no sense represents something external; it is simply American. But what is American about American film? For a decade or so after the first film exhibitions in 1895, film shows presented a grab bag of travelogues, news films, filmed vaudeville acts, trick films, and gag films. The audience for film in America was disproportionately urban and was made up of recent immigrants, largely from eastern Europe. (The extent to which that was true is a subject of some contention among film historians.) In a sense, film has been involved, even in America, in a process of Am

American Political Movies – James Combs (1990)

  American Political Movies – James Combs (1990) American political movies : an annotated filmography of feature films AMERICAN POLITICAL MOVIES An Annotated Filmography of Feature Films James Combs (1990) GARLAND PUBLISHING, INC. NEW YORK & LONDON – 1990 Historians of the motion picture are fond of telling stories of the reactions of the earliest audiences to the new medium as it emerged at the turn of the twentieth century. We are still amused by the uncomprehending awe with which they greeted this spectacular experience. People ran from the theater in terror from trains approaching on the screen. Others ducked and screamed when a gun was fired at the audience. But most appear to have simply been transfixed, sitting and gazing in silent wonder at this visual marvel that brought worlds of sights, and very quickly stories, beyond their everyday existence. Some observers of these brave new “moving pictures” were exultant. “The universal language has been found!” exclaimed a spectato