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By Andre Gaudreault

ISBN-10: 0813544432

ISBN-13: 9780813544434

On the flip of the 20 th century, cinema used to be speedy developing itself as a sound kind of renowned entertainment.The essays in American Cinema 1890-1909 discover and outline how the making of films flowered into an that might ultimately turn into the valuable leisure establishment of the area. starting with all of the early sorts of photographs that moved, this quantity tells the tale of the discovery and consolidation of a number of the approaches that gave upward thrust to what we now name cinema. by way of interpreting the battles over patents, creation, exhibition, and the reception of movie, readers find out how going to the films grew to become a social culture in American society. during those twenty years, cinema succeeded either in developing itself between different leisure and tutorial media and in updating a variety of varieties of spectacle.

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By 1890 a prototype camera was built that used a strip of film and took circular images three-quarters of an inch in diameter. A crude viewing machine was built and in 1891 it was demonstrated to a group of women visiting Mrs. Edison. Eastman’s celluloid, introduced in 1889, made the breakthrough feasible. It was transparent and flexible and came in lengths that made it possible to take a succession of images at speeds rapid enough to create the illusion of movement. But Eastman had 24 PAUL C . SPEHR trouble producing a consistent product, and Edison’s assistant William Kennedy Laurie Dickson spent much of 1891 and 1892 redesigning the machines and working with Eastman to improve the strength and photosensitivity of his celluloid.

Exchanges offered exhibitors at least a weekly change of films (most film theaters in rural areas changed at least once a week; many urban theaters changed twice a week, and at the height of the nickelodeon craze they offered a daily change of films in order to compete with neighboring theaters). After their exhibition the films were returned to exchanges and a new program was shipped out. The degree of choice that exhibitors had of these films varied greatly, with exchangemen often giving them what was available rather than anything they specifically requested.

With the Spanish-American War in 1898, the United States challenged the weakest of the European colonial powers in the Western Hemisphere and then took control of their former colonies, thus becoming an imperial power itself, suppressing native independence movements in Cuba and the Philippines. Labor during this period transformed, due partly to the new regularization of labor time and processes known as Taylorization, in which workers were forced to regularize their work process with an eye toward efficiency and speed.

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