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Thomas InceHollywood's Independent Pioneer$
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Brian Taves

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134222

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.001.0001

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Thomas Ince
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Brian Taves

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DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0006

Ince's willingness to tackle subjects usually avoided by others, and unhesitatingly to do so with skill, was noted by reviewers of the time. One reviewer remarked, “When Mr. Ince has anything to say in pictures he has always gone ahead and said it, even in his two reel Bronchos and Kay-Bee. He has said very daring things and put them across without absurdity, ridiculousness, or mawkishness, and he has made observers marvel at his sheer audacity.” Because of this willingness, he became one of the first pioneers in the film business to foreground ethnicity, claiming, “Naturalness is even more essential on the screen than on the stage, because everything is real in a picture—real scenery, real properties, real atmosphere. Personal artificiality glares in contrast with such background.”

Keywords:   Thomas Ince, motion pictures, film making, ethnicity

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