An evening's entertainment: the age of the silent feature picture, 1915-1928
The 10-volume, illustrated series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century right up to 1990. It examines the development of film and the film industry, analyzing both the genres, themes and technology that defined each decade a
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Exhibitors considered themselves showmen, not film programmers. The feature
motion picture was only one part of their evening's entertainment, supplying
about 68 percent of the total "attraction," according to one 1922 exhibitors' poll.
Because these films had not yet been produced, exhibitors were required to "buy
blind" from a sketchy prospectus or campaign book. The system was similar to
the program policy employed in nickelodeon days. But from the exhibitor's point
Our objective was only to stop exhibitors from signing a five-year contract with
this proposed merger, for without the stars it would be worthless. But the
response was so dramatic that the scheme quickly took on a life of its own.
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These are the initial three volumes in a projected ten-volume series, scheduled for completion in 1993, which explores American cinema through the 1980s. Musser, who teaches film studies at NYU and ... Read full review