The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema

The untold story of a ground-breaking studio in the dawning age of film.

American / Entertainment / History - United States / Nonfiction English 53m Sell Sheet
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1 Video DVD January 3, 2017 $24.99 $24.99 852435007136 Add to Cart
1 Video DVD w/Public Performance rights January 3, 2017 $199.99 $199.99 852435007136P Add to Cart
									The Thanhouser Company was a trail-blazing studio based in New Rochelle, New York, where from 1910 to 1917 it released over 1,000 films that were seen by audiences around the globe. This 53-minute documentary reconstructs the relatively unknown story of the studio and its founders, technicians, and stars as they entered the nascent motion picture industry to compete with Thomas Edison and the companies aligned with his Motion Pictures Patents Corporation (MPPC). Ned Thanhouser, grandson of studio founders Edwin and Gertrude Thanhouser, narrates this compelling tale, recounting a saga of bold entrepreneurship, financial successes, cinematic innovations, tragic events, launching of Hollywood careers, and the transition of the movie industry from the East Coast to the West and Hollywood. It will be of interest to scholars, archivists, early film historians, and everyone who loves the intriguing stories about the people who pioneered independent movie-making in America.

"A brief but intriguing tribute to the vanished world of East Coast filmmaking." - Library Journal

"...the Thanhouser Studio closed, but its legacy lives on, as evidenced in this well-edited program that will surely delight film buffs and historians." - Booklist

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