Film theorist and historian David Bordwell recently uploaded a video essay/lecture of his that explores the period between 1908 and 1920, a time that he believes to be hugely important in the changing of world cinema to what it is more widely known as today.

Among the factors cited that contributed to this transformation are the rise of movie-going culture and the proliferation of two different aspects of filmmaking style: continuity-based editing and tableau-based staging. Bordwell provides numerous examples from films made in the 1910s as well as more contemporary works, supporting his historical look at the stylistic connection between movies of both eras.