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The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (History of the American Cinema) Paperback – May 4, 1994
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Charlie has worked extensively in documentary, beginning with a two-year "apprenticeship" as first assistant editor on Peter Davis's Oscar-winning Hearts and Minds (1974). He went on to produce and direct the prize-winning An American Potter (1976) and Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter (1982), which premiered at the New York Film Festival. He taught the first university-level course devoted to filmmaker Errol Morris and went on to make a feature-length documentary portrait: Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch (with Carina Tautu, 2012). His recent essays on documentary include "Carl Marzani & Union Films: Making Left-wing Documentaries during the Cold War, 1946-53," The Moving Image, 9:1 (Spring 2009), "Truth and Rhetoric in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11," in Mathew Bernstein, ed., Michael Moore: Filmmaker, Newsmaker, Cultural Icon (University of Michigan Press, 2010) and "Political Documentary, YouTube and the 2008 US Presidential Election: Focus on Robert Greenwald and David N. Bossie," Studies in Documentary Film 4:1 (2010), 199-210.
Musser has also worked extensively in the Public Humanities and regularly curates an intensive, annual weekend of film screenings with filmmakers for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. He has curated and programmed shows at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the New-York Historical Society, UCLA Film and Televsion Archives, and the Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone, Italy). He has received the Prix Jean Mitry (1996), the George Eastman House Society International Scholar Award (1992) and is an Academy Film Scholar (2005). For more information see his website: www.charlesmusser.com.
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Even if you're not a film student, check out this book. It's so well written that one can easily fall into the interesting history of an emerging art form and industry. The origins of cinema reach far back into the 17th century and, considering the enormous impact that film has on everyone's life, the origins of this most important art form of the past century are vitally important to you.