Tagged with The Star System

Do the Vertical Integration

Why did vertical integration give film studios such immense power? How did stars figure into that power? Were stars able to exert their own power? Why or why not? How? Due to the nature of film-making and distribution, the film industry consists of several different sections, production, distribution, and exhibition, working in co-operation with one another. … Continue reading

Caterpillar : Butterfly::Spectacle : Narrative

On pages 20-22, McDonald discusses early cinema, including the Lumiere Brothers & Edison. Watch the famous Lumiere Bros. film “Workers Exiting the Factory” (1895), and consider it in light of McDonald’s arguments.  What does McDonald say about early film and stars?  Why did early cinema not immediately turn to stars?  Does the Lumiere film lend … Continue reading