For those within the film industry, information and opinion were shaped by a number of aggressive trade publications, each competing for the same limited number of subscribers. Chief among these was the Moving Picture World, which, setting a standard for the broadest possible coverage, reviewed current releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry.
For anyone studying the early years of American cinema, the most important research tools are the film periodicals of the era, and researchers are lucky that so many were published, and that so many have survived. There were fan magazines and film company house journals galore but, most importantly—there were many trade publications.
For those within the film industry, information and opinion were shaped by a number of aggressive trade publications, each competing for the same limited number of subscribers. The film business had first been discussed in general entertainment industry papers such as the New York Clipper or Variety, which began covering short films as acts in 1907.
[Source: Landing page for the database, 06/16/2021]
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