The Introduction addresses the relative lack of familiarity with Vitagraph among generations of cineastes, compared with the widespread popularity of production companies that followed in its wake. This is especially ironic given the fact that for years every movie fan in the world knew that Vitagraph was the leading producer of motion pictures. It is argued that one of the principal reasons for this schism is the misattribution within the historical canon of innovations and achievements credited to the second generation of filmmakers that in reality were actually accomplished by Vitagraph. The relatively scant and unreliable information concerning Vitagraph has necessitated this comprehensive examination of the company and the contributions of some key personnel, drawn from primary sources that have been neglected for nearly a century.
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