The famed Tin Pan Alley songster (and later Hollywood musical composer) Howard Dietz (1896-1983) penned this verse for Vanity Fair in celebration of the persuasive charm of film:
"We used to sneer at movies; they were vulgar
To our aesthetic, cultured sort of mind;
Amusement for the lowbrows or people who had no brows..."
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This 1918 silent movie was mocked...