ERIC Number: ED105541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Suggestions for Early Motion Picture Research.
Jowett, Garth S.
Only by examining the motion picture as a mass medium, shaped and defined within a specific socio-cultural period in history, can we increase our understanding of the function and contribution of this entertainment form. This paper offers several suggestions for further research into early motion picture history. One glaring deficiency among almost all the early film historians was their lack of interest in the impact of the movies on the new audience. Film historians need to examine primary material such as social workers' reports and records, church publications, and personal diaries. A second area of research is the geographic diffusion of the first movie houses, which can also provide important data for those interested in the history of urban growth and development. Another area of research involves the forerunners of the conventional movie house, especially touring exhibits and travelling projectionists. A final area of research would include applying the technique of content analysis to a comprehensive study of early film content. This paper concludes that continued development of film history depends on making it an academic endeavor with validity and relevance. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Chicago, April, 1975)