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Griffith and Beyond: The Apprenticeship Years

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Raoul Walsh's life in the early 1910s escaped being documented; the “truth” may be fiction, or it may be a story with more embellishment than fact. Christy Cabanne was making a name for himself with ... More


The Sentimental Mode

James Chandler

in An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226034959
eISBN:
9780226035000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226035000.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the transformation of the notion of sentimentality over the course of the eighteenth century. It considers Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental ... More


Gesture-Dance

Erin Brannigan

in Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195367232
eISBN:
9780199894178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367232.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance

Turning to gestural performance in dancefilm, this chapter examines the exchange between silent film performers and the new discipline of modern dance in the first decades of the twentieth century, ... More


Savior of the Union: Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Brian J. Snee

in Lincoln before Lincoln: Early Cinematic Adaptations of the Life of America's Greatest President

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167473
eISBN:
9780813167800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167473.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines D. W. Griffith’s Abraham Lincoln (1930), which depicts Lincoln first and foremost as the Savior of the Union. Like the Lincoln Memorial, which was completed in 1922, Griffith’s ... More


Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Harper Cossar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When widescreen technology was introduced to filmmaking in 1953, it changed the visual framework and aesthetic qualities of cinema forever. Before widescreen, a director's vision for capturing ... More


“The Master” and his Minions

Robert Sitton

in Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165785
eISBN:
9780231537148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.003.0025
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on the events of the 1940s. These include a trying encounter between Iris Barry and filmmaker D. W. Griffith. In 1939 the Film Library acquired some 400 Griffith films, mostly ... More


Re-enacting Ivanhoe

Ann Rigney

in The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199644018
eISBN:
9780191738784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644018.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 4 pursues the case of Ivanhoe, concentrating on its afterlife in the USA and critically revisiting Mark Twain’s claim that Scott somehow ‘caused’ the American Civil War. An account is offered ... More


And the War Came

Robert Jackson

in Fade In, Crossroads: A History of the Southern Cinema

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190660178
eISBN:
9780190660215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190660178.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 4 deals with the cinematic legacies of the Civil War, from very early documentary films featuring Confederate Memorial Days and battlefield reenactments to the two most significant feature ... More


Moonshine and Magnolias: The Story of Temple Drake and The Birth of a Nation

Deborah E. Barker

in Faulkner and Whiteness

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030208
eISBN:
9781621033202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030208.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores the impact of white-trash subject matter on narrative genre in William Faulkner, focusing on the southern rape narrative. In particular, it analyzes Thomas Dixon’s 1905 novel ... More


The Teen Years of Cinema

Keith Withall

in Studying Early and Silent Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733704
eISBN:
9781800342095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733704.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates the teen years of cinema, which roughly corresponds to World War I, 1914–1918. Many of the changes were under way before the war and only reached full development afterwards. ... More


D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance and the Ever-Present Now

Michael North

in A Modernist Cinema: Film Art from 1914 to 1941

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780199379453
eISBN:
9780199379484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199379453.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

D. W. Griffith once claimed that film introduces the viewer directly to the present. Yet his own innovations tended to break up that present by multiplying points of view and cutting back and forth ... More


The Lives and Deaths of Abraham Lincoln, 1930–1941

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines historical films produced in Hollywood about the life and death of American president Abraham Lincoln made during the period from 1930 to 1941. During this period, Lincoln's ... More


Great Heart: The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Brian J. Snee

in Lincoln before Lincoln: Early Cinematic Adaptations of the Life of America's Greatest President

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167473
eISBN:
9780813167800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167473.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the most controversial silent film of all time: D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation. Although the film has received extensive treatment in academic literature, its ... More


The Importance of Shooting Doug

Michael Sragow

in Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813144412
eISBN:
9780813145235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144412.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Douglas Fairbanks was known for his physicality onstage as well as his all-American golden boy reputation. Fleming credited Fairbanks as showing him the “motion” in “motion pictures,” given that ... More


“The Era of the Image Has Arrived”

Richard I. Suchenski

in Projections of Memory: Romanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190274108
eISBN:
9780190274139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274108.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The ecstatic tone of Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927) encapsulates the euphoric hopes of the silent era. Conceived as a “Cathedral of Light,” the film offers the strongest possible link to Romantic ... More


The Novel and the Early Cinema

John Michael

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385342
eISBN:
9780190252779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the debate over film adaptations of the American novel, including Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. More precisely, it analyzes the ... More


New York Bohemia and the Lure of the Movies

Ruth Barton

in Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147093
eISBN:
9780813151496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147093.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter covers Ingram’s early days in New Haven, his period studying sculpture at Yale, and his move into the early film industry. It describes living in the Lincoln Arcade and his friendships ... More


“Propaganda for peace”: Film and Narrative in One Man’s Initiation: 1917 (1920), Three Soldiers (1921), and D.W. Griffith’s Hearts of the World (1918)

Lisa Nanney

in John Dos Passos and Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781942954873
eISBN:
9781789629781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954873.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The narrativization of early film during its transition from one-reel nickelodeon attraction to full-length multi-reel feature incorporated the story-telling devices and perspectival conventions of ... More


The Civil War at the Dawn of the Great Depression

Nina Silber

in This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646541
eISBN:
9781469646565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646541.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores why and how the Great Depression prompted Americans to look back at the US Civil War while also considering the type of Civil War memory Americans inherited from the 1920s. ... More


In the Wake of D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation: Chesnutt’s Paul Marchand, F.M.C. as Command Performance

Susan Prothro Wright

in Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734164
eISBN:
9781621036050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734164.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter puts forward the hypothesis that Charles Chesnutt attempted to publish his novel Paul Marchand, F.M.C. in 1921, with the goal of countering D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation. ... More


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