This charming classic of film literature was originally published in 1914 and hence represents an early attempt to catalogue the allure of cinema and how the motion picture industry began. This tale of life in the early days of cinema will be of interest to film historians and anyone interested in that period of history. The book outlines the actors, the producers, the studios and the audiences as well as the advertising and regulation at the time with often amusing stories and facts along with the author’s own drawings. Overall this serves as a fascinating introduction to the making of early films, which at the time was a great mystery to most people.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introductory 2. Moving Pictures 3. The Captious Critics of Cinematography 4. Concocting "Canned Drama" 5. On the Stage and Off 6. Cinema Faces 7. Selecting Players for the Camera 8. Reserve Force 9. The Strenuous Life of the Studio 10. A Word About Producers of Plays 11. Some Pitfalls of the Photo-play Producer 12. Taking Photo-pictures in Public 13. The Poster – A Poser 14. The Tramp 15. The Life of a Film 16. English – By the Americans 17. A Word About Censorship 18. Children in the Cinematograph