The Cinema Century – April 20, 1918

The cliched example that is always cited in explanations of the limitations on freedom of speech is that it’s not okay to yell “fire!” in a crowded theater. This is, of course, predicated on the assumption that there is no actual fire. Presumably, if there really is a fire in the theater it would be …

The Cinema Century – March 30, 1918

One century ago, in its March 30, 1918 edition, “Motion Picture News” noted the upcoming release of a couple of new comedy short subjects from Mack Sennett: Interestingly enough, these Sennett comedies were not Keystone releases. In retrospect we tend to think of the name of Mack Sennett as inseparable from the Keystone brand under …