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By Richard Koszarski

ISBN-10: 0520085353

ISBN-13: 9780520085350

The silent cinema used to be America's first smooth leisure undefined, a fancy social, cultural, and technological phenomenon that swept the rustic within the early years of the 20th century. Richard Koszarski examines the underlying constructions that made the silent-movie period paintings, from the operations of jap bankers to the issues of local theater musicians. He deals a brand new point of view at the improvement of this significant new and artwork shape and the public's reaction to it.

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1990) One False Move . . A Study of Children’s Independent Mobility (London: PSI Publishing), p. 111. 14. Lawson, M. (1996) ‘Icebergs and Rocks o f the “Good” Lie’, Guardian, 24 June. 15. Quick, A. (1991) Unequal Risks: Accidents and Social Policy (London: Socialist Health Association), p. 81. 16. Sontag, S. (1990) Illness and its Metaphors (London: Penguin), p. 28. 17. See Gladwell, M. (1995) ‘The Plague Year: The Unscientific Origin of O ur Obsession with Viruses’, New Republic, 17 and 24 July.

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