An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928, Volume 3
Scribner, 1990 - Performing Arts - 395 pages
V. 1. The emergence of cinema : the American screen to 1907 / Charles Musser -- v. 2. The transformation of cinema, 1907-1915 / Eileen Bowser -- v. 3. An evening's entertainment : the age of the silent feature picture, 1915-1928 / Richard Koszarski -- v. 4. The talkies : American cinema's transition to sound, 1926-1931 / Donald Crafton -- v. 5. Grand design : Hollywood as a modern business enterprise, 1930-1939 / Tino Balio -- v. 6. Boom and bust : the American cinema in the 1940s / Thomas Schatz -- v. 7. Transforming the screen, 1950-1959 / Peter Lev -- v. 8. The sixties, 1960-1969 / Paul Monaco -- v. 9. Lost illusions : American cinema in the shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979 / David A. Cook -- v. 10. A new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989 / Stephen Prince.
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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
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