Introduction to Volume I
American Film, Origins to 1928
1. Origins to 1928
1. Setting the Stage
Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.
The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film
How to Cite
2011. Introduction to Volume I. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 1:1.
- Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
The origins of every important cultural form are a record of converging histories and rest at the intersection of intellectual, technological, and sociological changes. In the case of the American cinema, these origins are located toward the end of the nineteenth century and pivot around a series of developments in the economic, scientific, and artistic history of the nation: the tremendous growth of cities and the arrival of millions of immigrants between 1880 and 1920; the consolidation of business and manufacturing practices that maximized production and created a new means by which to advertise goods and services; the continuation, and in some cases culmination, of experiments devoted to combining photography and motion; and the emerging power of the United States and its place within the world economy.