Early film stars in trade journals and newspapers

Data-based research on global distribution and local exhibition

Authored by: Martin Loiperdinger

The Routledge Companion to New Cinema History

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138955844
eBook ISBN: 9781315666051
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In his Menus for Movieland, Richard Abel describes the local newspaper as “a treasure trove of discursive material on the promotion, exhibition and reception of the movies, material that still remains relatively unexamined” (2015: 2). Indeed, for over a hundred years, from the 1890s until the late 2000s when online information service on local entertainments became predominant, local newspapers were cinemagoers’ main source of information on film screenings. The daily press worked as the interface between local audiences and local cinemas: advertisements taken out by cinema owners provided readers with useful information on film programs and from around 1913 film criticism lent a helpful hand in deciding which films to view, while background articles mirrored public debates on cinema-related questions.

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