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The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter

1. Origins to 1928

2. Origins to 1914

  1. Charles Musser

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf002

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

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How to Cite

Musser, C. 2011. The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 1:2:2.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

Abstract

It might seem an indulgence to have an essay reprinted that is now more than 30 years old, but “The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter” has the virtue of raising basic issues that remain part of the debates still swirling around cinema of the early 1900s. Not only does it stand up in most of its essentials, but this effort also retains a freshness (a sense of working through a problem for the first time) and urgency that would be difficult to resurrect. Nonetheless, some introductory comments might provide a useful commentary and historical context for this essay.

Keywords:

  • Edwin S. Porter;
  • early cinema;
  • film history;
  • Edison manufacturing company;
  • the McKinley pictures;
  • continuity