The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915 (History of the American Cinema #2) (Paperback)

By Eileen Bowser

University of California Press, 9780520085343, 337pp.

Publication Date: May 4, 1994

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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.

About the Author

Eileen Bowser is former Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.