The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907, Volume 1

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University of California Press, 1994 - Performing Arts - 613 pages
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The origins of motion picture technologies are described and analyzed by Charles Musser in this lavishly illustrated volume. He considers social and economic as well as aesthetic aspects of the beginnings of movie making.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Toward a History of Screen Practice
15
Thomas Edison and the Amusement World
55
Invention and Innovation
91
The Vitascope
109
Early MotionPicture Companies
133
The Proliferation of MotionPicture Companies and an Assessment
159
PART 3
191
PART 4
295
PART 5
371
19051907
415
Concluding Remarks
491
List of Abbreviations
497
Bibliography
529
Picture Sources
545
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About the author (1994)

Charles Musser is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Film Studies at Yale University and author of Before the Nickelodeon (California, 1990).

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