The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910 (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 301 pages
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Only once in cinema history have imported films dominated the American market: during the nickelodeon era in the early years of the twentieth century, when the Pathe company's "Red Rooster" films could be found "everywhere." Through extensive original research, Richard Abel demonstrates how crucial French films were in making "going to the movies" popular in the United States, first in vaudeville houses and then in nickelodeons. Abel then deftly exposes the consequences of that popularity. He shows how, in the midst of fears about mass immigration and concern that women and children (many of them immigrants) were the principal audience for moving pictures, the nickelodeon became a contested site of Americanization. Pathe's Red Rooster films came to be defined as dangerously "foreign" and "alien" and even "feminine" (especially in relation to "American" subjects like westerns). Their impact was thwarted, and they were nearly excluded from the market, all in order to ensure that the American cinema would be truly American. "The Red Rooster Scare" offers a revealing and readable cultural history of American cinema's nationalization, by one of the most distinguished historians of early cinema.
  

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User Review  - Lena - Goodreads

This book takes a fairly interesting period in film history and draws it out rather tediously. I found the writing to be quite dull and a bit repetitive, and the author relies far too much on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

So I was going to try and finish this, since we only read the first half for class, but that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon. Really interesting account of the role of Pathe, the French film company, in the formation of the American film industry. Read full review

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Richard Abel was secretary of the LOGOS Foundation and a long-standing member of its editorial board. He founded and started numerous publishing houses, including Timber Press, Amadeus Press, and what is now Blackwell North America. He has well over forty years of experience in the publishing industry.

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