George Kleine and American Cinema: The Movie Business and Film Culture in the Silent Era (Cultural Histories of Cinema)

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George Kleine was a New York City optician who moved to Chicago in 1893 to set up an optical store. In 1896 he branched out and began selling motion picture equipment and films. Within a few years he becameAmerica's largest film distributor and a pivotal figure in the movie business.

In chronicling the career of this motion picture pioneer – including his rapid rise to fame and fortune, but also his gradual downfall after 1915 as the era of Hollywood began – Joel Frykholm provides an in-depth account of the emergence of the motion picture business in the United States and its development throughout the silent era. Through the lens of Kleine's fascinating career, this book explores how motion pictures gradually transformed from a novelty into an economic and cultural institution central to both American life and an increasingly globalised culture of mass entertainment.

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Joel Frykholm is Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden.

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“Frykholm has produced a meticulously researched and even-handed account of the conflicts that arose between the leading business personalities of the day and the historiography that has subsequently emerged around them and the decisions they made. ... With this book, Frykholm makes a major contribution to this most complex and dynamic of periods, in which the quest for profits was just as keen as it is today.” (John Sedgwick, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Issue 1, September, 2016)

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