What does YouTube have in common with the earliest forms of American cinema? Find an answer to this and many other questions by attending an illustrated lecture examining the origins and development of American film from its beginnings through the “Golden Age” of the 1930s and ‘40s. Witness the transformation of movies from peep-show attraction to fully developed artistic, social and economic force by viewing short films from the early period and a variety of archival images of movie theaters and movie audiences. Note: This lecture requires an LCD projector (that can be connected to the speaker’s laptop computer), Internet connection (via Ethernet cable or wireless), and the ability to play or project DVDs and VHS tapes. This program runs 90-120 minutes.