Studio employees had little time or energy for social life except when they were not working, and in those circumstances they stuck as close as they could to other motion-picture people, hoping to find a new assignment. [...] After working together all day, players and directors often dined together, visited together. For many performers, whose … Continue reading The War on Film Culture: Part 6: The Star Treatment (1910-1935)
Utilitarianism (noun): A theory that the aim of action should be the largest possible balance of pleasure over pain or the greatest happiness of the greatest number -- Merriam Webster Paternalism (noun): A policy or practice of treating or governing people in a fatherly manner, especially by providing for their needs without giving them rights … Continue reading The War on Film Culture: Part 5: For the Children (1916-1917)
Detailed account of the controversies surrounding the 1915 release of The Birth of a Nation.
The 1915 Supreme Court decision on film censorship.
The fight against monopolies over the film industry.
The early days of film with Thomas Edison, Enoch Rector, and the banning of boxing films.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 So a while back, listening to the Slaughterfilm podcast (again), Forrest Taylor brought up the subject on how many were bitching about "the death of cinema." And Forrest basically stated that these complaints are nonsense. Well, this instigated a multi-step response from me … Continue reading The War on Film Culture: Part 0: An Introduction