By Andrew A. Erish
All histories of Hollywood are incorrect. Why? phrases: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the basis for the motion picture that we all know at the present time. energetic from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig used to be liable for an grand sequence of firsts, together with the 1st two-reel narrative movie and the 1st two-hour narrative function made in the United States; the 1st American motion picture serial with cliffhanger endings; the 1st westerns filmed within the West with genuine cowboys and Indians; the production of the jungle-adventure style; the 1st horror movie in the US; the 1st winning American newsreel (made in partnership with William Randolph Hearst); and the 1st everlasting movie studio in la. Selig was once additionally one of the first to domesticate huge overseas exhibition of yank movies, which created a global viewers and contributed to American domination of the medium.
In this ebook, Andrew Erish delves into the just about untouched Selig archive on the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences Library to inform the interesting tale of this unjustly forgotten movie pioneer. He lines Selig’s profession from his early paintings as a touring magician within the Midwest, to his founding of the 1st motion picture studio in la in 1909, to his landmark sequence of thoughts that also effect the movie undefined. As Erish recounts the various accomplishments of the guy who first well-known that Southern California is the precise position for moviemaking, he convincingly demonstrates that whereas others were credited with inventing Hollywood, Colonel Selig is de facto the one that such a lot merits that honor.
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Indd 23 11/30/11 11:32 AM COL . W I L L I A M N . SE L IG Chicago studio backlot. Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences This elaborate backlot was used when it would be impractical to transport an entire company of players and technicians to genuine locations. 84 With the completion of his new studio, Selig was now equipped to handle multiple productions and significantly expand his business. Within a few months, though, an incident occurred that threatened to shut him down for good.
SE L IG Chicago studio backlot. Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences This elaborate backlot was used when it would be impractical to transport an entire company of players and technicians to genuine locations. 84 With the completion of his new studio, Selig was now equipped to handle multiple productions and significantly expand his business. Within a few months, though, an incident occurred that threatened to shut him down for good. The year 1907 saw an explosive growth in motion picture production; at the same time, long-standing Edison lawsuits were finally being decided.
38 As with The Girls in Overalls, Girl from Montana features a young woman in the West engaged in activities normally associated with men. There are glimpses of the girl riding her horse at full gallop, and the two scenes of her holding a gun on the helpless posse are surprising given that most subsequent Westerns utilized a male protagonist in similar situations. The most stunning moment occurs when the girl saves her lover by shooting his noose in half as he hangs in the air. The shot was staged to appear convincingly real, and predates by sixty years similar moments in Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967).