Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Books and Ebooks
The Birth of the Talkies by
Call Number: PN1995.7 .G36 1975
Publication Date: 1975-05-01
From the Preface: Few if any events have had greater impact on the history of film than the coming of the talkies, film historians have paid relatively little attention to how and why the transition from silent to sound cinema came about. It is hoped that the present work will provide the factual groundwork for repairing that neglect. Its emphasis is on the history of American contributions to the evolution of the sound film, but significant foreign achievements have not been overlooked. The book surveys the events that led from the invention of the phonograph in 1877 to that momentous evening in 1927 when an audience at the Warner's Theatre in New York City saw and heard Al Jolson speak from the screen. It also considers the effects of the sound revolution on Hollywood and Hollywood film production during the transitional years 1928-29. The published sources on which this study was based have all been indicated in the notes, and the reader is advised to consult that original material whenever he requires additional technical or factual information.
The rise of the American film, a critical history. With an essay: Experimental cinema in America, 1921-1947.
Call Number: PN1993.5.U6 J2 1968
Publication Date: 1968
Part one: Fade-in (1869-1903) -- First stages : trade, technique, pictures -- George Melies : "artificially arranged scenes" -- Part two : Foundations (1903-1908) -- Art : Edwin S. Porter and the editing principle -- Business : toward national expansion -- Social : first American story films -- Part three : Development (1908-1914) -- The struggle for control -- D.W. Griffith : new discoveries -- First school of directors : specialization of crafts -- Pre-war films : significant trends -- Part four : Transition (1914-1918) -- Large-scale operations -- D.W. Griffith : The birth of a nation and Intolerance -- Toward style -- Charles Chaplin : individualist -- Movies in the World War -- Growing sophistication of film content -- Part five : Intensification (1919-1929) -- Big business -- Additions to film art -- A throng of directors -- The decline of D.W. Griffith -- Films of the post-war decade -- Part six : Maturity (1929-1939) -- New affiliations and consolidations -- Refinements in technique -- Contemporary directors -- Walt Disney : virtuoso -- Significant contemporary film content -- Supplement : Experimental cinema in America 1921-1947.
Coming of Sound by
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2004-12-07
The coming of sound to film was an event whose importance can hardly be overestimated; sound transformed not only the Hollywood film industry but all of world cinema as well. As economic and film historian Douglas Gomery explains, the business of film became not only bigger but much more complex. As sound spread its power, the talkies became an agent of economic and social change through the globe, extending America's reach in ways that had never before been imaginable. This is an essential work for anyone interested in early film, film history and economics, and the history of the American media.