By Richard Koszarski
During the 1910s, movies got here to dominate each point of lifestyles within the suburban New Jersey group of citadel Lee. in the course of the nickelodeon period, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and Mack Sennett might ferry whole appearing businesses around the Hudson to pose opposed to the Palisades. Theda Bara, "Fatty" Arbuckle, and Douglas Fairbanks labored within the rows of serious greenhouse studios that sprang up in fortress Lee and the neighboring groups. Tax sales from studios and laboratories swelled municipal coffers.
Then, all at once, every little thing replaced. citadel Lee, the movie city as soon as hailed because the birthplace of the yank movie undefined, was once now the industry’s legitimate ghost city. phases as soon as stuffed to means by way of Paramount and common have been leased by means of self sufficient manufacturers or used as paint outlets by way of scenic artists from Broadway. so much of castle Lee’s movie heritage ultimately burned away, one studio at a time.
Richard Koszarski re-creates the increase and fall of citadel Lee filmmaking in a impressive university of interval information debts, memoirs, municipal documents, formerly unpublished memos and correspondence, and dozens of infrequent posters and photographs—not simply movie background, yet a special account of what occurred to at least one New Jersey city hopelessly enthralled via the movies.
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Fort Lee: The Film Town (1904-2004) by Richard Koszarski