MIT 2000 Reading - pages 266-271 "From the Girl from Gods Country: Nell Shipman and the Silent Cinema"

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Media, Information and Technoculture
Media, Information and Technoculture 2000F/G
Daniel Robinson

MIT EXAM LECTURE NOTES: Page. 266-271 From the Girl from Gods Country: Nell Shipman and the Silent Cinema Part One: Biography • Born Helen Barham in BC 1892 • Poor family- British roots, dad was colonial son • Moved to USA, didn’t return but still attached to roots • Left at 13 to be actress • Mom came on road with her to help • 1912: wrote and starred in a film, directed first film “gods country” o shows wilderness, animal tales- outdoorsy • Curwood was the author • Shows adventures in Canadian north • She’s the heroine • Then got new manager- Tuyle o He rand team lived in wilderness, making moves independently o Dogsled and snowshoe o Frostbite etc. • She had her own zoo of wild animals (e.g. bear named Brownie) • All of Shipmen’s films featured animals in prominent roles • She did not take part in Canadian film industry - would take films to NYC Theaters at this time: th • 1908: 14 street in NYC well established exchange row • by 1923 every town even ones with less than 10,000 people had theaters open 7 days a week Film industry: • carry film down 14 street until a film exchange offers to buy it
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