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Thomas H. Ince (1882–1924) turned movie-making into a business enterprise. Progressing from actor to director and screenwriter, he revolutionized the motion picture industry through developing the role of the producer. In addition to building the first major Hollywood studio facility, dubbed “Inceville,” he was responsible for more than 800 films. Thomas Ince: Hollywood’s Independent Pioneer chronicles Ince’s life from the vaudeville stage to his sudden death as he was about to join forces with media tycoon William Randolph Hearst’s International Film Corporation. Author Brian Taves explores Ince’s impact on Hollywood’s production system and the Western and his creation of movies starring Asian performers and regarding the status of women in society. Until now, however, Thomas Ince has not been the subject of a biography. This book offers a glimpse into the world of silent cinema through the story of one of its earliest and most influential moguls.Brian TavesBrian Taves

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  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
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  1. PART 1. Beginnings
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. Stage Apprenticeship
  2. pp. 17-22
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  1. 2. Starting in Films
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  1. PART 2. Making a Reputation
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  1. 3. The Job of a Producer
  2. pp. 41-52
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  1. 4. Establishing a Studio
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  1. PART 3. Innovations
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  1. 5. Generic Experimentation
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  1. 6. The Prescient Failure
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  1. PART 4. Paramount
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  1. 7. A Fresh Start
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  1. 8. The Star Series
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  1. 9. World War I and Specials
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  1. PART 5. The Perils of an Independent
  2. pp. 159-160
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  1. 10. Associated Producers
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  1. 11. The Inevitable Merger
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  1. 12. War with First National
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  1. 13. The Studio Resumes Production
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  1. 14. Case Study of a Production and Its Personnel: Her Reputation
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  1. 15. Initial Distribution beyond First National
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  1. 16. At the Crossroads
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  1. 17. The Steady Hum of Independent Production
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 271-282
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 283-342
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 343-354
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813134239
Related ISBN
9780813134222
MARC Record
OCLC
767502337
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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