“Through the Camera Lens:” Moving Picture World and theSilent Cinema Era, 1907-1927

“Through the Camera Lens:” Moving Picture World and theSilent Cinema Era, 1907-1927

For those within the film industry, information and opinion were shaped by a number of aggressive trade publications, each competing for the samelimited number of subscribers. Chief among these was the Moving Picture World, which, setting a standard for the broadest possible coverage, reviewedcurrent releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry. For anyone studying the early years of Americancinema, the most important research tools are the film periodicals of the era, and researchers are lucky that so many  were published, and that so manyhave survived. There were fan magazines and film company house journals galore but, most importantly–there were many trade publications.

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