Charles Musser's Before the nickelodeon: Edwin S. Porter and the Edison PDF

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By Charles Musser

ISBN-10: 0520069862

ISBN-13: 9780520069862

Musser takes us into the long-forgotten international of early cinema--unexpectedly subtle and but appreciably diverse from present movie-making. concentrating on Edwin S. Porter, most of the time remembered because the manufacturer of the nice teach theft, Musser situates Porter's achievements in the brilliant context of turn-of-the-century pop culture and the industrial pragmatics of the Edison production Company--the best American film-producing entity from 1894 to 1908.

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Credits and Key to Quotations in the Documentary Film Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter 484 List of Abbreviations and Primary Sources 487 Notes 491 List of Credits for Illustrations 551 Subject and Name Index 553 Film Title Index 579 Page ix Foreword By its example, Charles Musser's elegantly argued study of Edwin S. Porter conveys two of the primary goals that the UCLA Film and Television Archive seeks to achieve in sponsoring scholarly publication. In part we hope to underline the creative role played by film archives in making historical research possible and, often, in helping to set the field's scholarly agenda.

For these entrepreneurs, the issue was not freedom of expression but maximizing profits within a mass communication system. 37 The ideological orientation of early cinema has been much discussed. "38 Others, such as Robert C. Allen, have seen early cinema as Page 11 addressing a middle-class audience and presumably reflecting its ideological orientation. 39 Certainly, America has been called a middle-class country, and this is nowhere more apparent than in its cultural products. The middle class, however, was not a single, unified group, but made up of diverse and even contradictory interests.

4 After the Civil War, several brothers moved to Connellsville, which was expanding with the growing coke trade. In the 1870s Thomas's older brother Henry, also a stone cutter, became Connellsville's postmaster, a much-sought-after position, which kept his children employed as postal clerks. Through combined financing and partnerships, the Porter clan established or invested in several local enterprises. Porter's father was a small businessman often dependent on his more successful siblings. When Edward was born, Thomas Porter was working as a cabinetmaker.

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