A few updates.
Since we didn’t get to watch The Cheat in class, I recommend that everyone watch the Cecil B. DeMille film. It is widely regarded as one of the best films of the 1910s, and inspired many filmmakers throughout Europe, such as Eisenstein and many French filmmakers.
To help understand the control the Motion Picture Patents Company exercised over the American film industry in the years following its 1908 formation and how the Independents disrupted their authority, I am linking to an article by Matthew Lasar on ArsTechnica about the MPPC. Moreover, I posted two chapters from Tim Wu’s book The Master Switch. You can access them from the course website.