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By Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

It was once in the course of the youngsters that filmmaking actually got here into its personal. significantly, the migration of studios to the West Coast tested a connection among moviemaking and the exoticism of Hollywood.

The essays in American Cinema of the 1910s discover the swift advancements of the last decade that started with D. W. Griffith's unmatched one-reelers. by means of mid-decade, multi-reel characteristic movies have been profoundly reshaping the and deluxe theaters have been outfitted to draw the broadest attainable viewers. Stars like Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks grew to become extremely important and firms begun writing high-profile contracts to safe them. With the outbreak of global conflict I, the political, financial, and commercial basis was once laid for American cinema's international dominance. via the top of the last decade, filmmaking had develop into a real undefined, whole with vertical integration, effective specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory agencies.

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Films advocating Progressive reforms (or, alternately, those highlighting the damage done by sanctimonious meddlers) might fall within this category. Typically, such social problem films forward some clearly communicated didactic position. Alternately, a film might tap into topical issues less for the sake of earnest message-mongering than for sensationalism and curiosity value. Many films, like those in the white slavery cycle of this decade, harbor some degree of ambiguity in this regard, accommodating opposing assessments of their motivations.

It is compensation that, this year at least, Griffith’s films are unrivaled in stylistic sophistication, if not in their range of subjects. Some of the year’s most fascinating films are in a genre that doesn’t have a precise name: docudramas of social reform, melodramatic reflections of the concerns of the Progressive Era, such as Griffith’s Simple Charity, which contrasts “the red tape” of reform societies with an impoverished 34 SCOTT SIMMON Dorothy West (in shawl, foreground) on Rivington Street, Manhattan, in A Child of the Ghetto.

The earliest experiments in the exhibition of feature films took place in 1912, when a handful of historical-biographical epics based on successful plays such as Queen Elizabeth, Cleopatra, and Richard III were screened in rented legitimate theaters. The publicity and commercial success they enjoyed led to a seven-fold increase the following year, when 56 features were made by American companies, and again in 1914, when almost 350 features were produced. Still, those numbers were insignificant next to the roughly 5,000 shorts that were released each year (Singer, “Feature”).

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