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Rachel Shand <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:23:21 +0000
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Dear SCREEN-L Subscribers,

We would like to announce a new publication from Cornell University Press, which we hope will be of interest.

Silent Serial Sensations
The Wharton Brothers and the Magic of Early Cinema
Barbara Tepa Lupack

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“Lupack writes lucidly and with engagement as she champions her subject. Silent Serial Sensations casts new light on the formative years of American filmmaking.”—David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express
The first book-length study of pioneering and prolific filmmakers Ted and Leo Wharton, Silent Serial Sensations offers a fascinating account of the dynamic early film industry. As Barbara Tepa Lupack demonstrates, the Wharton brothers were behind some of the most profitable and influential productions of the era, including The Exploits of Elaine and The Mysteries of Myra, which starred such popular performers as Pearl White, Irene Castle, Francis X. Bushman, and Lionel Barrymore. Working from the independent film studio they established in Ithaca, New York, Ted and Leo turned their adopted town into “Hollywood on Cayuga.” By interweaving contemporary events and incorporating technological and scientific innovations, the Whartons expanded the possibilities of the popular serial motion picture and defined many of its conventions. A number of the sensational techniques and character types they introduced are still being employed by directors and producers a century later.
Barbara Tepa Lupack is former Professor of English at St. John’s University and Wayne State College and academic dean at SUNY. She was New York State Public Scholar (2015–2018) and Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (2014 & 2018). She has written extensively on American film, literature, and culture. Her most recent books on silent film include Early Race Filmmaking in America and the award-winning Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking.
With all best wishes,

Combined Academic Publishers

Cornell University Press | April 2020 | 408pp | 9781501748189 | PB | £17.99*
*Price subject to change.

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