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Generic Experimentation

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134222
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0006
 Generic Experimentation

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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

Chapter.  4439 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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