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Chariot Races and Copyright Infringement: A Tale of Ben Hur (Remakes and the Early Days of Film, 4)

  Chariot Races and Copyright Infringement: A Tale of Ben Hur In 1907, the state of the American film industry was rather poor and was still, largely, in its infancy. D.W. Griffith had just joined the industry as an actor, … Continue reading

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Two Orphans, Three Studios, Four Films (Remakes and the Early Days of Film, 3)

  Two Orphans, Three Studios, Four Films: A Brief History of The Two Orphans From the time it was translated into English in 1874, “The Two Orphans” was a successful, well-known play in the United States. The story of orphaned … Continue reading

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The Selig Polyscope Company and the Birth of Film in the Windy City: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 2)

The Selig Polyscope Company and the Birth of Film in the Windy City “Colonel” William Selig By the time William N. Selig died in 1948, he had produced thousands of films via the Selig Polyscope Company, discovered a number of … Continue reading

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