Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky, 2012 - 367 pagina's
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Thomas H. Ince (1880--1924) turned movie-making into a business enterprise. Progressing from actor to director and screenwriter, he revolutionized the motion picture industry through developing the role of the producer. In addition to building the first major Hollywood studio facility, dubbed "Inceville," he was responsible for more than 800 films.

Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer chronicles Ince's life from the stage to his sudden death as he was about to join forces with media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Author Brian Taves explores Ince's impact on Hollywood's production system, the Western, his creation of the first American movies starring Asian performers, and his cinematic exploration of the status of women in society.

Until now, Thomas Ince has not been the subject of a biography. This book offers insight into the world of silent cinema through the story of one of its earliest and most influential moguls.

 

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A good history about an early Hollywood studio. I love it when it discussed the building of Inceville, describing the actors who worked there, the films that were made there – it really gave you a ... Volledige review lezen

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Introduction
1
PART 1 Beginnings
15
1 Stage Apprenticeship
17
2 Starting in Films
23
PART 2 Making a Reputation
39
3 The Job of a Producer
41
4 Establishing a Studio
53
PART 3 Innovations
73
PART 5 The Perils of an Independent
159
10 Associated Producers
161
11 The Inevitable Merger
177
12 War with First National
189
13 The Studio Resumes Production
199
Her Reputation
211
15 Initial Distribution beyond First National
231
16 At the Crossroads
247

5 Generic Experimentation
75
6 The Prescient Failure
89
PART 4 Paramount
109
7 A Fresh Start
111
8 The Star Series
119
9 World War I and Specials
143
17 The Steady Hum of Independent Production
255
Epilogue
271
Notes
283
Bibliography
343
Index
355
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Brian Taves is an archivist with the Library of Congress, where this project began with a staff fellowship award. He is the author of over a hundred articles and six books including P. G. Wodehouse and Hollywood: Screenwriting, Satires and Adaptation; Robert Florey: The French Expressionist; and The Romance of Adventure: The Genre of Historical Adventure Movies. He lives in Culpeper, Virginia.

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