I had examined many films and gathered illustrations that I may use for the new book. To be taught about the very completely different German style of the same era, I went to movie archives in the U.S. and abroad to study Lubitsch’s films intimately, watching them on an editing table and making frame reproductions to be used as illustrations. I examined Lubitsch’s context by watching about seventy five movies by other directors, also accumulating images for illustrations. (I did not embrace Expressionist and Neue Sachlichkeit movies, as these had been avant-garde options to classical Hollywood style.) I wasn’t looking at acknowledged masterpieces, for I wished to trace typical tendencies in German movie type.
Motion photos turned a successful entertainment industry in lower than a decade, with single-viewer Kinetoscopes giving approach to films projected for mass audiences. The Edison Manufacturing Co. (later known as Thomas A. Edison, Inc.) not solely … Read More