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This authoritative number of introductory and really good readings explores the wealthy and cutting edge background of this era in American cinema. Spanning a necessary diversity of matters from the early 1900s Nickelodeon to the decline of the studio process within the Nineteen Sixties, it combines a huge historic context with cautious readings of person movies.

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And cooperation between European countries would prevent their national cinemas from being totally overwhelmed. But the changes brought about by sound and, then, the rise of fascism in Europe, would present new obstacles, as well as opportunities, for the American industry in its efforts to exploit overseas markets. While American films were being sent overseas for exhibition on international screens, the talent of international cinemas slowly made its way to Hollywood and its impact would be felt throughout the studio era.

This antirealist impulse, eager to explore the subjective, perceptual realm, would remain an important component of alternative cinema. In fact, while the economics of film production in the United States permitted the commercial industry to define the medium for most moviegoers, experimental filmmakers of the 1920s initiated an avant-garde that would consistently challenge that definition throughout the twentieth century. The Coming of Sound to the Cinema The period covered by this section is punctuated by the rise of the talkies.

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