The New York Dramatic Mirror Book

The New York Dramatic Mirror


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1909
  • Genre: Theater
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : IOWA:31858055205284

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The American Theatrical Film Book

The American Theatrical Film


  • Author : John C. Tibbetts
  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : 0879722894

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The American Theatrical Film Excerpt :

This book provides needed information on the collaborations between filmmakers and theater personnel before 1930 and completes our understanding of how two art forms influenced each other. It begins with the vaudeville and “faerie” dramas captured in brief films by the Edison and Biograph companies; follows the development of feature-length Sarah Bernhardt and James O’Neill films after 1912; examines the formation of theater/film combination companies in 1914–15; and details later collaborations during the talking picture revolution of 1927. Includes detailed analyses of important theatrical films like The Count of Monte Cristo, The Virginian, Coquette, and Paramount on Parade.

Movie Censorship and American Culture Book

Movie Censorship and American Culture


  • Author : Francis G. Couvares
  • Publisher : Univ of Massachusetts Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN 10 : 1558495754

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Movie Censorship and American Culture Excerpt :

From the earliest days of public outrage over "indecent" nickelodeon shows, Americans have worried about the power of the movies. The eleven essays in this book examine nearly a century of struggle over cinematic representations of sex, crime, violence, religion, race, and ethnicity, revealing that the effort to regulate the screen has reflected deep social and cultural schisms. In addition to the editor, contributors include Daniel Czitrom, Marybeth Hamilton, Garth Jowett, Charles Lyons, Richard Maltby, Charles Musser, Alison M. Parker, Charlene Regester, Ruth Vasey, and Stephen Vaughn. Together they make it clear that censoring the movies is more than just a reflex against "indecency," however defined. Whether censorship protects the vulnerable or suppresses the creative, it is part of a broader culture war that breaks out recurrently as Americans try to come to terms with the market, the state and the plural society in which they live.

Blue Vaudeville Book

Blue Vaudeville


  • Author : Andrew L. Erdman
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-08-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476613291

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This work reveals the often racy, ribald, and sexually charged nature of the vaudeville stage, looking at a broad array of provocative performers from disrobing dancers to nude posers to skimpily dressed athletes. Examining the ways in which big-time vaudeville nonetheless managed to market itself as pure, safe, and morally acceptable, this work compares the industry’s marketing and promotional practices to those of other emergent mass-marketers of the vaudeville era in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Included are in-depth examinations of important figures from the vaudeville stage such as Annette Kellerman and Eva Tanguay. The work attempts to address historical context as one means of understanding these performers with an appreciation for their rebelliousness. It discusses censorship and content control in the vaudeville era, and concludes with an analysis of film’s part in the fall of vaudeville. Many photographs, cartoons, and other illustrations are included.

The Infamous Cherry Sisters Book

The Infamous Cherry Sisters


  • Author : Darryl W. Bullock
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2018-12-31
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476634791

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The Infamous Cherry Sisters Excerpt :

Raised in poverty on an Iowa farm, the Cherry Sisters had little education and no training. But they possessed a burning desire to take to the stage and show the world what they could do—and what they could do was awful. Their unique act was “so bad it was good.” When the sisters took the stage, they were met with rotten fruit and vegetables, festering meat, dead cats... Riots often broke out after (and sometimes during) their concerts, but they carried on, changing attitudes—and laws—along the way. This book follows the five women through their forty-year career in vaudeville theaters across the U.S. Proud, fearless and fiercely independent in a time when women were treated as second-class citizens, the Cherry Sisters insisted that their voices be heard.

Actors Organize Book

Actors Organize


  • Author : Kerry Segrave
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2007-10-10
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786432837

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Actors Organize Excerpt :

This work offers a detailed history of American actors' attempts to unionize in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Actors' unions of this period faced a staggering amount of struggles, including a heavy industry reliance on the blacklist, severe media attacks on individual actors, and the frequent formation of illegitimate company unions. This work focuses specifically on the two main unions of the time, the White Rats Actors' Union of America and the Actors' Equity Association. The author chronicles the formation of the unions along with their achievements in the following decades and outlines the roles of union leaders Harry Mountford and Francis Wilson.

Dancing Till Dawn Book

Dancing Till Dawn


  • Author : Julie Malnig
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 1995-05-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814755280

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Dancing Till Dawn Excerpt :

Malnig examines exhibition ballroom dance as both a theatrical genre and a cultural and social phenomenon, promoting new cultural standards, including the emancipation of women and a new casualness and spontaneity between the sexes. A lively and thorough account of a dance form that has found renewed popularity in recent years.

Screen Culture Book

Screen Culture


  • Author : John Fullerton
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 0861966457

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Screen Culture Excerpt :

Screen Culture: History and Textuality explores the impact of digital culture on the discipline of film and television studies. Whether the notion of screen culture is used to designate the technological platforms common to present-day digital media, or whether it refers to the support material on which moving images have historically been projected, scanned, or displayed, the 15 previously unpublished essays included here are primarily concerned with the intermedial appraisal of film, television, and digital culture. Contributors are Richard Abel, William Boddy, Ben Brewster, John Fullerton, Douglas Gomery, Alison Griffiths, Vreni Hockenjos, Jan Holmberg, Arne Lunde, Peter Lunenfeld, Charles Musser, Jan Olsson, Barry Salt, Michele L. Torre, William Uricchio, and Malin Wahlberg. Stockholm Studies in Cinema series Distributed for John Libbey Publishing

Swing Along Book

Swing Along


  • Author : Marva Carter
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-09-11
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190283124

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Renowned today as a prominent African-American in Music Theater and the Arts community, composer, conductor, and violinist Will Marion Cook was a key figure in the development of American music from the 1890s to the 1920s. In this insightful biography, Marva Griffin Carter offers the first definitive look at this pivotal life's story, drawing on both Cook's unfinished autobiography and his wife Abbie's memoir. A violin virtuoso, Cook studied at Oberlin College (his parents' alma mater), Berlin's Hochschule für Musik with Joseph Joachim, and New York's national Conservatory of Music with Antonin Dvorak. Cook wrote music for a now-lost production of Uncle Tom's Cabin for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, and then devoted the majority of his career to black musical comedies due to limited opportunities available to him as a black composer. He was instrumental in showcasing his Southern Syncopated Orchestra in the prominent concert halls of the Unites States and Europe, even featuring New Orleans clarinetist Sidney Bechet, who later introduced European audiences to authentic blues. Once mentored by Frederick Douglas, Will Marion Cook went on to mentor Duke Ellington, paving the path for orchestral concert jazz. Through interpretive and musical analyses, Carter traces Cook's successful evolution from minstrelsy to musical theater. Written with his collaborator, the distinguished poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Cook's musicals infused American Musical Theater with African-American music, consequently altering the direction of American popular music. Cook's In Dahomey, hailed by Gerald Bordman as "one of the most important events in American Musical Theater history," was the first full-length Broadway musical to be written and performed by blacks. Alongside his accomplishments, Carter reveals Cook's contentious side- a man known for his aggressiveness, pride, and constant quarrels, who became his own worst enemy in regards to his career. Carter further sets Cook's life against

The Transformation of Cinema  1907 1915 Book

The Transformation of Cinema 1907 1915


  • Author : Eileen Bowser
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1994-05-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 0520085345

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The Transformation of Cinema 1907 1915 Excerpt :

"The Transformation of Cinema 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, complete with full symphony orchestra. Eileen Bowser here redresses the imbalance of the "Griffith did it all" cliché by discussing the efforts of countless lesser-known figures who also helped to create Hollywood and shape the growing film industry. 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. Bowser documents the emergence of the star system, which set the stage for the classic silent-film era. By 1915 the silent film is seen as a full-fledged art form with its own style and place in the world of business."--Back cover.

Negotiating Copyright in the American Theatre  1856   1951 Book

Negotiating Copyright in the American Theatre 1856 1951


  • Author : Brent Salter
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-12-31
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108484756

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Negotiating Copyright in the American Theatre 1856 1951 Excerpt :

The book illuminates the legal and business history of the American theatre through new archival discoveries.

Early Cinema Book

Early Cinema


  • Author : Thomas Elsaesser
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-07-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781838715472

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Early Cinema Excerpt :

In the twenty years preceding the First World War, cinema rapidly developed from a fairground curiosity into a major industry and social institution, a source of information and entertainment for millions of people. Only recently have film scholars and historians begun to study these early years of cinema in their own right and not simply as first steps towards the classical narrative cinema we now associate with Hollywood. The essays in this collection trace the fascinating history of how the cinema developed its forms of storytelling and representation and how it evolved into a complex industry with Hollywood rapidly acquiring a dominant role. These issues can be seen to arise from new readings of the so-called pioneers - Melies, Lumiere, Porter, and Griffith - while also suggesting new perspectives on major European filmmakers of the 1910s and 20s. Editor Thomas Elsaesser complements the contributions from leading British, American, and European scholars with introductory essays of his own that provide a comprehensive overview of the field. The volume is the most authoritative survey to date of a key area of contemporary film research, invaluable to historians as well as to students of cinema.

Funny Woman Book

Funny Woman


  • Author : Barbara W. Grossman
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 287
  • ISBN 10 : 0253207622

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Funny Woman Excerpt :

A brilliant comic, Fanny Brice had a significant impact on a field that had been predominantly male, proving that the term "funny womanwas not an oxymoron.

Slapstick  An Interdisciplinary Companion Book

Slapstick An Interdisciplinary Companion


  • Author : Ervin Malakaj
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2021-10-25
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 423
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110570977

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Slapstick An Interdisciplinary Companion Excerpt :

Despite its unabated popularity with audiences, slapstick has received rather little scholarly attention, mostly by scholars concentrating on the US theater and cinema traditions. Nonetheless, as a form of physical humor slapstick has a long history across various areas of cultural production. This volume approaches slapstick both as a genre of situational physical comedy and as a mode of communicating an affective situation captured in various cultural products. Contributors to the volume examine cinematic, literary, dramatic, musical, and photographic texts and performances. From medieval chivalric romance and nineteenth-century theater to contemporary photography, the contributors study treatments of slapstick across media, periods and geographic locations. The aim of a study of such wide scope is to demonstrate how slapstick emerged from a variety of complex interactions among different traditions and by extension, to illustrate that slapstick can be highly productive for interdisciplinary research.

Jolly Della Pringle Book

Jolly Della Pringle


  • Author : Charles E. Lauterbach
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-10-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476621234

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Jolly Della Pringle Excerpt :

The story of American repertory theatre actress Jolly Della Pringle (1870–1952) is an odyssey of travel, adventure, drama, romance and many changes in fortune. Pringle was a major star to the people in the gold fields, cow towns, logging camps, military forts and rural communities of the West and Midwest during the decades before and after the turn of the 20th century. She knew most of the famous performers of her day, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Douglas Fairbanks and Gloria Swanson. Before serial marriage was common in show business, the seldom single Della Pringle married and divorced five times. Here for the first time is Pringle’s saga, covering her rise from a teenage hotel maid to the magnificently gowned star of her own theatrical company, her amassing of a fortune, her coast to coast fame and her appearances in Mack Sennett’s Keystone Kops comedies.