Meeting McClellan

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You can never predict where research will lead you when writing an historical novel. One fact I could not avoid when doing research for “The Designated Virgin” was the deep political divides that existed at the time of the Civil … Continued

‘The Voice of the Violin’: Art and Social Justice at American Biograph Co.

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  “When we come into our own there will be no high, no low, and all will be equal” reads the sign at a meeting of “social justice” warriors in Biograph’s 1909 feature film, “The Voice of the Violin.” D.W. … Continued

Millennials and the End of Classic Cinema

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Like many others who grew up loving classic Hollywood movies, I’ve been discouraged to find those feelings not shared by so-called millennials and others in the digital age. I noticed this first some years back when I made the mistake … Continued

When Cinema Was of Two Minds

In the beginning, the movies were of two minds —D.W. Griffith’s and Mack Sennett’s. Griffith and Sennett were both young men when they came stumbling into the Biograph Co. in 1908. Each had tasted professional failure and was more than … Continued

Film Censorship and the ‘McClellan Massacre’

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      “Art belongs to the young — born in the passions of loins and hearts, not in the abstractions of mature minds.” – Terry Ramsaye in “A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture Through … Continued

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