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The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915

Eileen Bowser (Author)

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Paperback, 337 pages
ISBN: 9780520085343
May 1994
$41.95, £35.00
Eileen Bowser chronicles the history of the American film business from the days of storefront nickelodeons to the premiere of D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation. The effect of the surroundings—the size of the hall; whether the film was shown alone or along with vaudeville entertainment; and the size, quality, and relevance of the musical background—are all examined for their impact on the filmgoing experience.
Eileen Bowser is former Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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