D W GRIFFITH S 100TH ANNIVERSARY THE BIRTH OF A NATION

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D W Griffith S 100th Anniversary The Birth Of A Nation

Author : Ira H. Gallen
ISBN : 9781460236543
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A hundred years have passed since the masterpiece of David Wark Griffith, The Birth of a Nation, first appeared on the screens of America, in the winter of 1915. It demonstrated that the cinema, no less than literature and no less than the stage, could become a topic of serious critical, esthetic, intellectual, political, social, and technical discussion. In this way it brought the motion picture into a position of commanding influence in the social life of the American nation. The denunciation continues, and the storm over the film serves as a barometer of the global conflict, involving forces and issues set in motion by, but no means limited to, race. As Griffith's official biographer, Seymour Stern's main purpose of his book was to assemble, as extensively as possible, the rapidly vanishing record of what happened.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Coming Back To A Theater Near You

Author : Brian Hannan
ISBN : 9781476623894
Genre : Performing Arts
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In the Silent Era, film reissues were a battle between rival studios—every Mary Pickford new release in 1914 was met with a Pickford re-release. For 50 years after the Silent Era, reissues were a battle between the studios, who considered old movies “found money,” and cinema owners, who often saw audiences reject former box office hits. In the mid–1960s, the return of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)—the second biggest reissue of all time—altered industry perceptions, and James Bond double features pushed the revival market to new heights. In the digital age, reissues have continued to confound the critics. This is the untold hundred-year story of how old movies saved new Hollywood. Covering the booms and busts of a recycling business that became its own industry, the author describes how the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart and Alfred Hitchcock won over new generations of audiences, and explores the lasting appeal of films like Napoléon (1927), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Rocky Horror Show (1975) and Blade Runner (1982).
Category: Performing Arts

Encyclopedia Of Populism In America A Historical Encyclopedia 2 Volumes

Author : Alexandra Kindell
ISBN : 9781598845686
Genre : History
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This comprehensive two-volume encyclopedia documents how Populism, which grew out of post-Civil War agrarian discontent, was the apex of populist impulses in American culture from colonial times to the present. • Provides an introductory essay that announces key events, themes, people, and ideas, appropriate for students, researchers, and general readers • Includes more than 200 entries and dozens of images and maps, making this two-volume work a comprehensive resource for high school and undergraduate researchers • Explains how the 19th-century agrarian movement diverged into different Populist movements in the United States and explores the various meanings, icons, and forms of the Populist undercurrent in modern-day American culture
Category: History

D W Griffith S The Birth Of A Nation

Author : Melvyn Stokes
ISBN : 0198044364
Genre : History
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In this deeply researched and vividly written volume, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception and continuing history of this ground-breaking, aesthetically brilliant, and yet highly controversial movie. By going back to the original archives, particularly the NAACP and D. W. Griffith Papers, Stokes explodes many of the myths surrounding The Birth of a Nation (1915). Yet the story that remains is fascinating: the longest American film of its time, Griffith's film incorporated many new features, including the first full musical score compiled for an American film. It was distributed and advertised by pioneering methods that would quickly become standard. Through the high prices charged for admission and the fact that it was shown, at first, only in "live" theaters with orchestral accompaniment, Birth played a major role in reconfiguring the American movie audience by attracting more middle-class patrons. But if the film was a milestone in the history of cinema, it was also undeniably racist. Stokes shows that the darker side of this classic movie has its origins in the racist ideas of Thomas Dixon, Jr. and Griffith's own Kentuckian background and earlier film career. The book reveals how, as the years went by, the campaign against the film became increasingly successful. In the 1920s, for example, the NAACP exploited the fact that the new Ku Klux Klan, which used Griffith's film as a recruiting and retention tool, was not just anti-black, but also anti-Catholic and anti-Jewish, as a way to mobilize new allies in opposition to the film. This crisply written book sheds light on both the film's racism and the aesthetic brilliance of Griffith's filmmaking. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the cinema.
Category: History

The Ku Klux Klan In Illinois

Author : Illinois. General Assembly. Legislative Investigating Commission
ISBN : UIUC:30112120220790
Genre : Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
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Ku Klux Klan

Author : Illinois. General Assembly. Legislative Investigating Commission
ISBN : STANFORD:36105036611379
Genre : Social Science
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The Birth Of A Nation

Author : Paul McEwan
ISBN : 9781844576593
Genre : Performing Arts
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Portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic underdogs, silent epic The Birth of a Nation (1915) is widely considered to be the most controversial film of all time. At once one of US culture's greatest artistic achievements and one of its most abhorrently racist artefacts, it becomes more shocking with every passing year. Comprising a decade of archival research and published on the 100th anniversary of the film's release, this richly detailed study considers both the film's afterlife and the artistic, industrial and moral surroundings in which it was created. Drawing on an unbroken century of production and reception history, Paul McEwan recounts the film's origins and development, Griffith's unique editing and cinematography and the construction of racial identity and fear in the film. Assessing its contribution as an art form, while directly grappling with the complexity of the art-or-racism debate, Paul McEwan shows how The Birth of a Nation has had a central role in the development of film and Film Studies worldwide.
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Chase S Calendar Of Events

Author : Contemporary Books
ISBN : 0809236346
Genre : Calendars
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Packed with more than 10,000 entries, here is the directory to special events, holidays, historic benchmarks, and traditional and whimsical observations of all kinds. Completely updated each year, it's the one-of-a-kind directory to what's happening when, where, and why. Alphabetical, state-by-state entries; major awards presented in 1994; astronomical phenomena for '95, '96, and '97, and more.
Category: Calendars