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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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 ...
The key to bringing the family melodrama to the screen in this era lay in
understanding the rapid changes buffeting the American family, especially in the
years following World War I. By exploiting such painful new issues as the growing
Valentine (filmed in 1915, 1920, and 1929) or Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (
1917, 1925, and 1930) often had a touch of society melodrama about them,
especially after the Hays Office began to frown on crime as a theme after 1922.
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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