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Early American Film History
An overview of the history of the American film industry from the late 1890s to the 1920s.
# 104560 | 1,848 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 17, 2008 in Business (Industries) , Film (History of)

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This paper discusses how American cinema from 1896 and thereafter really has its roots in Thomas Edison's early inventions relating to film projectors. The paper then takes a look at the development of early film and cinematography throughout the 1880s and 1890s, starting from the invention of the kinetophonograph. It also tracks the history of films beginning with the first motion picture called "Monkeyshines", filmed in 1891, through the building of the first film studio and movie theaters. In addition, the paper discusses how, by the 1920s, American film and cinematography seemed to mature as an industry and how the technology had advanced to such a degree that producers and directors could shift their attention from the technology to the actual making of a film and directing of the storylines.

From the Paper:

"The development of cinema into an art form in its early years is inextricably related to the development and advances associated with the film technology itself. Eventually the dominance of the East coast film companies which had advanced various film projection technologies in tandem with film production such as Edison's own Edison Company and the American Mutoscope Company among others, gave way to film production companies which began to concentrate solely on film production rather than on the technology development as well as film production. This shift in focus from the film projector itself to actual film production began in earnest in the US with the work of Edwin Porter who is known as the father of the story film (Bordwell 57)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bordwell, David. On the History of Film Style. Harvard University Press, Cambridge; 1998.
  • Bowser, Eileen. The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915. University of California Press, Los Angeles; 1994.
  • Everson, William. American Silent Film. Oxford University Press, New York; 1978.
  • Israel, Paul. Edison: A Life of Invention. Wiley, New York; 2000.
  • Koszarski, Richard. An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928. University of California Press, Los Angeles; 994.

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