The Red Rooster Scare
Making Cinema American, 1900-1910
By (author) Richard Abel
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Red Rooster Scare by Richard Abel
Book DescriptionOnly once in cinema history have imported films dominated the American market: during the nickelodeon era in the early years of the twentieth century, when the Pathe company's 'Red Rooster' films could be found 'everywhere.' Through extensive original research, Richard Abel demonstrates how crucial French films were in making 'going to the movies' popular in the United States, first in vaudeville houses and then in nickelodeons. Abel then deftly exposes the consequences of that popularity. He shows how, in the midst of fears about mass immigration and concern that women and children (many of them immigrants) were the principal audience for moving pictures, the nickelodeon became a contested site of Americanization. Pathe's Red Rooster films came to be defined as dangerously 'foreign' and 'alien' and even 'feminine' (especially in relation to 'American' subjects like westerns). Their impact was thwarted, and they were nearly excluded from the market, all in order to ensure that the American cinema would be truly American. "The Red Rooster Scare" offers a revealing and readable cultural history of American cinema's nationalization, by one of the most distinguished historians of early cinema.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520214781
(232mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Abel
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Early Cinema and the 'National', Paperback (October 2008)
Focuses on the concept of national film culture from a wide methodological spectrum of interests, including visual and narrative forms, international geopolitics, and exhibition and marketing practices. This book shows that concepts of national identity played a role in establishing many of the parameters of cinema's early development.
Americanizing the Movies and 'Movie-Mad' Audiences, 1910-1914, Paperback (August 2006)» View all books by Richard Abel
Analyzes film distribution and exhibition practices in order to reconstruct a context for understanding moviegoing at a time when American cities were coming to grips with new groups of immigrants and women working outside the home. This book talks about the history of the film industry, and about the process of imaging a national community.
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Author Biography - Richard Abel
Richard Abel is NEH Professor of English at Drake University and author of The Cine Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914 (California, 1994), French Film Theory and Criticism, 1907-1939 (1988), and French Cinema: The First Wave, 1915-1929 (1984).
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