Early American Cinema In Transition: Story, Style, And Filmmaking, 1907-1913 (wisconsin Studies In Film, Kristin Thompson, Supervising Editor; David Bordwell And Vance Kepley, Jr., General Editors)

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The years 1907-1913 mark a crucial transitional moment in American cinema. As moving picture shows changed from mere novelty to an increasingly popular entertainment, fledgling studios responded with longer running times and more complex storytelling. A growing trade press and changing production procedures also influenced filmmaking. In Early American Cinema in Transition, Charlie Keil looks at a broad cross-section of fiction films to examine the formal changes in cinema of this period and the ways that filmmakers developed narrative techniques to suit the fifteen-minute, one-reel format. Keil outlines the kinds of narratives that proved most suitable for a single reel's duration, the particular demands that time and space exerted on this early form of film narration, and the ways filmmakers employed the unique features of a primarily visual medium to craft stories that would appeal to an audience numbering in the millions. He underscores his analysis with a detailed look at six films: The Boy Detective; The Forgotten Watch; Rose O'Salem-Town; Cupid's Monkey Wrench; Belle Boyd, A Confederate Spy; and Suspense.
Author : Charlie Keil
ISBN : 029917364X
Language : English
No of Pages : 320
Edition : 1st
Publication Date : 1/10/2002
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 9x6.1x0.72
Book weight : 0.01

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