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Flickering Empire How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry

Author: Adam Selzer; Michael Glover Smith
Publisher: New York Columbia University Press [2015]
Edition/Format:   Computer file : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An exceptional new book ... that immediately joins the ranks of essential film references Long overdue
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Selzer; Michael Glover Smith
ISBN: 9780231850797 0231850794 9780231174480 0231174489
OCLC Number: 944030833
Language Note: In English
Description: Online-Ressource (240 p) 24 b&w
Contents: Flickering Empire tells the fascinating yet little-known story of how Chicago served as the unlikely capital of American film production in the years before the rise of Hollywood (1907-1913). As entertaining as it is informative, Flickering Empire straddles the worlds of academic and popular nonfiction in its vivid illustration of the rise and fall of the major Chicago movie studios in the mid-silent era (principally Essanay and Selig Polyscope). Colorful, larger-than-life historical figures, including Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Micheaux, and Orson Welles, are major players in the narrative --
in addition to important though forgotten industry titans, such as "Colonel" William Selig, George Spoor, and Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson.
Responsibility: by Adam Selzer, Michael Glover Smith
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