An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928
The silent cinema was America's first modern entertainment industry, a complex social, cultural, and technological phenomenon that swept the country in the early years of the twentieth century. Audiences in the lavish new movie palaces were thrilled by such landmark films as "The Birth of A Nation, The Gold Rush, " and" Nanook of the North, " and soon they were eagerly following the on-screen and off-screen activities of a host of glamorous media celebrities. But there is more to the story than glamour and glitz. Richard Koszarski examines the underlying structures that made the silent movie era work, from the operations of eastern bankers to the problems of neighborhood theater musicians. He offers a new perspective on the development of a major industry and art form and provides a revealing new context for the creative contributions of such screen icons as D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, Erich Von Stroheim, Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, and Mary Pickford.
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