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Before the Nickelodeon
Edwin S. Porter and the Edison Manufacturing Company

By Charles Musser

 

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Before the Nickelodeon: Edwin S. Porter and the Edison Manufacturing Company
By Charles Musser

University of California Press : Berkeley, California : 1991
ISBN 0-5200-6986-2 : 591 pages : paperback : $40.00
Charles Musser is the authority on the earliest years of the silent era, and each book he produces is extremely well-researched and highly detailed.

This book focuses on pioneering filmmaker Edwin S. Porter, a top director in his day, and his years at the Edison Manufacturing Company. Porter is often overlooked as a motion picture innovator, and Musser’s study attempts to find Porter a proper place in film history.

The book is generously illustrated with film stills, frame enlargements and promotional materials. A wealth of information and essential reading — all books on silent film should aspire to this level of quality.

 
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