An Evening’s Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928 (History of the American Cinema)

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The silent cinema was America's first modern entertainment industry, a complex social, cultural, and technological phenomenon that swept the country in the early years of the twentieth century. Richard Koszarski examines the underlying structures that made the silent-movie era work, from the operations of eastern bankers to the problems of neighborhood theater musicians. He offers a new perspective on the development of this major new industry and art form and the public's response to it.

Product Details

  • Series: History of the American Cinema (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 4, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520085353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520085350
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

Customer Reviews

Excellent product and seller.

 on October 12, 2014
By Jay Clark
Excellent product and seller.

Manages to be thorough without being dry

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 28, 2008
By calvinnme
This is the second entry in this series that I have read, the first beingĀ 

An Incredibly Thorough Look at the Silent Film

15 people found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2002
By Michael Samerdyke
Don’t be fooled by the slimness of this book. It is packed with information and is extremely useful in giving the reader a view of the American film industry in the heyday of the silent era.

One of the greatest books on the silent age

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 27, 2006
By M
This is a must have for any film buff . This volume is endlessly fascinating as it covers all areas of the silent film age from the studios to the theatres and everything in between. The author speaks in a factual style without being dry and the photo’s all serve to illustrate the text. I have seen and read an endless amount of books on film being a dye-in-the -wool film fanatic all my life and this book stands amongst the most informative, fascinating well researched volumes I have ever seen. You know you love a book when you can’t put the darn thing down, which was the case with this one.

Best book on this era of film history

One person found this helpful.
 on January 21, 2011
By Charles H. Harpole
A wonderfully complete entry in the ten volume series, History of American Cinema, created and edited by Charles H. Harpole. Great unique illustrations and award winning prose.


One person found this helpful.
 on August 7, 2009
By Leela Colorado
A terrifically informative look at silent films in the era right before the emergence of talkies.

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