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By Ross Melnick

ISBN-10: 0231159048

ISBN-13: 9780231159043

Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel (1882–1936) outfitted an influential and prolific profession as movie exhibitor, degree manufacturer, radio broadcaster, musical arranger, theater supervisor, warfare propagandist, and overseas big name. He helped engineer the mixing of movie, tune, and concert in silent movie exhibition; scored early Fox Movietone movies equivalent to dawn (1927); pioneered the convergence of movie, broadcasting, and track publishing and recording within the Nineteen Twenties; and helped video clips and moviegoing turn into the dominant type of mass leisure among the area wars.

The first booklet dedicated to Rothafel's multifaceted occupation, American Showman examines his position because the key purveyor of a brand new movie exhibition aesthetic that appropriated valid theater, opera, ballet, and classical song to draw multi-class audiences. Roxy scored movies, produced huge, immense level indicates, controlled a lot of New York's most crucial motion picture homes, directed and/or edited propaganda movies for the yankee conflict attempt, produced brief and feature-length movies, exhibited overseas, documentary, autonomous, and avant-garde movies, and improved the belief of mainstream, advertisement cinema. He was once additionally one of many leader creators of the radio sort software, pioneering radio broadcasting, promotions, and tours.

The manufacturers and promoters of specific subject matters and types, showmen like Roxy profoundly remade the moviegoing event, turning the deluxe movie theater right into a venue for showing and generating dwell and recorded leisure. Roxy's curiosity in media convergence additionally displays a bigger second within which the leisure started to create manufacturers and franchises, make the most them via content material liberate "events," and provides upward thrust to add motion pictures, soundtracks, announces, reside performances, and similar patron items. frequently mentioned as one of many twelve most crucial figures within the movie and radio industries, Roxy was once instrumental to the advance of movie exhibition and advertisement broadcasting, musical accompaniment, and a brand new, convergent leisure industry.

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I wish I could share this book with Teshome and talk with him again outside, near Melnitz or Macgowan, where his spirit will linger forever. In addition to those mentioned above, John Caldwell deserves not just my deep and abiding gratitude, but acknowledgment of the enormously important role he played in my critical thinking and development. John has always been a constant supporter, mentor, and friend. This book would not have been the same without him. Janet Bergstrom’s influence on American Showman was just as profound.

Thanks for everything, Tom. I also thank Milton Moritz of NATO California-Nevada for his friendship and for his extensive knowledge of the history of film distribution and exhibition. Others who provided insight into the history of the exhibition business include Jim Amos, Alan Benjamin, Adam Bergerman, Edward Havens, Howard Haas, Janet Murray, Jim Rankin, Ken Roe, John Sittig, and John Spinello. Last, but certainly not least, are two wonderful friends and exhibition veterans, Andreas Fuchs and A.

I. Title. 4302′32092—dc23 [B] 2011050324 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. References to Internet Web sites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the author nor Columbia University Press is responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared. For my parents, who inspire me to write about the past, and For my wife, Noa, who inspires me to dream about the future CONTENTS List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction PART ONE. ROXY AND SILENT FILM EXHIBITION 1.

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