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date: 19 June 2021

Chapter 3 Making films in the silent eralocked

Chapter 3 Making films in the silent eralocked

  • Donna Kornhaber

Abstract

“Making films in the silent era” looks at the business of film production and the attempts of early pioneers to forge new cinematic styles. Women were central to silent film, with some holding positions of power equal to men and running studios before they were able to vote in the United States—a condition that came to a close with the rise of “talkies.” African American filmmakers, Asian American filmmakers, and others connected with audiences by bypassing the Hollywood system. The genres of silent film in some cases appear wholly distinct from later filmmaking trends and in other cases presage such mainstay forms as horror, sci-fi, and the Western, which existed alongside modes of filmmaking like animation and documentary that persisted into later eras.

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