American Lightning - The Birth Of Hollywood



American Lightning, is the period of Hollywood from its birth to about 1929. Originally, Movies were made without the benefit of electricity, cameras were hand cranked at three quarters waltz time and sets were built outside and lit with sunlight. Films were short, one or two reels of film (about 10 minutes per reel), and were shown in theaters, called Nickelodeons, that were often converted retail stores with a sheet for a screen. For a nickel, patrons could watch 3 reels of film and join in sing-alongs led by a piano player. Films longer than two reels were called features. Nickelodeons were popular and new films were available each week. The movie going experience changed with The Birth of a Nation, it was 3 hours long and had an admission price of 5 dollars. - AsNotedIn

Works

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A Corner in Wheat Film
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood and the Crime of the Century Book
Broken Blossoms Film
From the Manger to the Cross Film
Intolerance Film
Manhatta Film
Orphans of the Storm Film
The Birth of a Nation Film
The Black Pirate Film
The Mark of Zorro (1920) Film
Way Down East Film



People

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DeMille: Cecil B DeMille
Griffith: D W Griffith
Fairbanks: Douglas Fairbanks
Lawrence: Florence Lawrence
Woods: Frank E Woods
Marion: Frank J Marion
MacPherson: Jeanie MacPherson
Lasky : Jesse L Lasky
Pickford: Mary Pickford
Goldwyn: Samuel Goldwyn

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