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VitagraphAmerica's First Great Motion Picture Studio$
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Andrew A. Erish

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813181196

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813181196.001.0001

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(p.219) Conclusion

Andrew A. Erish

University Press of Kentucky

The Conclusion summarizes of a fundamental key to Vitagraph's success. Smith and Blackton's decision to embrace the vaudeville aesthetic of providing a variety of family-friendly entertainment proved so profitable that it laid the foundation upon which the rest of the American motion picture industry was to follow for well over half a century. It is posited that Vitagraph produced a greater variety of subjects than most other companies because of the inherent differences of its founding partners, Blackton being a humanist and Smith a Christian. It is an approach that American producers have chosen not follow for several decades as motion picture attendance declines. Not only does a comprehensive history of Vitagraph correct fundamental inaccuracies to the canon, it can also serve as a blueprint for a more inclusive and profitable future.

Keywords:   Commerical cinema, diversity, humanist, Christian, filmmakers, inclusive, blueprint

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