By Andre Gaudreault

On the flip of the 20th century, cinema was once speedy developing itself as a valid kind of well known entertainment.The essays in American Cinema 1890-1909 discover and outline how the making of movies flowered into an that might ultimately turn into the valuable leisure establishment of the realm. starting with the entire early sorts of photographs that moved, this quantity tells the tale of the discovery and consolidation of many of the tactics that gave upward push to what we now name cinema. by means of reading the battles over patents, creation, exhibition, and the reception of movie, readers learn the way going to the flicks grew to become a social culture in American society. during those twenty years, cinema succeeded either in constructing itself between different leisure and educational media and in updating numerous kinds of spectacle.

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This is an era in which America joined the rush for imperial spheres of control, when recent immigration (from Europe as well as the Great Migration of southern African Americans to northern cities) seemed to change the nature and appearance of American society, and when the industrial might of the United States established the nation’s position as the upcoming if not dominant economic power in the world. But the history of film always reveals the intensely social nature of cinema, directly dependent on technology, industrialization, and changes in audience demographics, and subject to intense sociological scrutiny and attempts at control.

Although their agreements were short-term, they remained in place for the next two years. ■■■■■■■■■■ Film Production Edison was fundamentally in the business of making machines, not images. He expected profit to come from the manufacture and sale of his Kinetoscopes. Although he understood that it was images rather than the machine that attracted paying customers, he looked upon the making of films as a secondary aspect, albeit a necessary one. Arrangements for producing a specific film were often made by the concessionaires, but film production was the responsibility of Dickson.

These film theaters took their name from the price most often charged for admission, a nickel—hence nickelodeons. It would be hard to overestimate the importance of the nickelodeon revolution for American film history. Instead of remaining as merely one component of a vaudeville program, films now became the center of a program. The relatively cheap cost of running these theaters allowed a very low admission price, well within the reach of most working men and their families. The informality of the theaters and the brevity of their shows (as opposed to the full evening required when attending vaudeville, legitimate theater, or musical concerts) also fit into the schedule of laborers with a limited leisure time.

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