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Silent films in St. Augustine

Author: Thomas Graham; Donna L Hill
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Before Hollywood, when America's rising motion picture industry was based on the East Coast, early film stars like Rudolph Valentino, Ethel Barrymore, and Oliver Hardy made movies in St. Augustine, Florida. Silent Films in St. Augustine tells stories of the leading film producers and actors who escaped New York winters--and kept the studio doors open--in St. Augustines sunshine and warm weather.More than 120 films  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Graham; Donna L Hill
ISBN: 9780813054537 0813054532
OCLC Number: 1001810400
Description: viii, 207 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: First exposures, 1906-1911 --
The Thanhouser season, 1912 --
Movies discover St. Augustine, 1913-1914 --
A fool there was, 1915 --
Egypt on the Gulf Stream, 1915-1916 --
Leading ladies take center stage, 1917 --
Wartime conditions, 1917-1918 --
Into the sunset, 1919 to "the end".
Other Titles: Silent films in Saint Augustine
Responsibility: Thomas Graham ; foreword by Donna L. Hill.

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Before Hollywood, when America's rising motion picture industry was based on the East Coast, early film stars like Rudolph Valentino, Ethel Barrymore, and Oliver Hardy made movies in St. Augustine, Florida. Silent Films in St. Augustine tells stories of the leading film producers and actors who escaped New York winters--and kept the studio doors open--in St. Augustines sunshine and warm weather.More than 120 films were made in St. Augustine from 1906 to 1926 by film companies such as Thanhouser, Lubin, Eclair, Pathe, Edison, and Vitagraph. The first full-length Frankenstein movie, Life Without Soul, was shot in St. Augustine. Theda Bara became a "vamp" sensation for her role in A Fool There Was. Sidney Drew acted in the gender-bending A Florida Enchantment. Noted directors Edwin S. Porter, Maurice Tourneur, Sidney Olcott, and George Fitzmaurice also set up shop in the beach town.Filmmakers used St. Augustines striking architecture to create backdrops for movies set in exotic foreign locales. The famous Castillo de San Marcos fort, the stone houses on the narrow streets, and Henry Flagler's Spanish Renaissance palace hotels were reimagined as Spain, Italy, France, Egypt, Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, and Hawaii. Residents of St. Augustine loved seeing film teams in action on their streets and would gather around the camera to watch the actors and marvel at the outlandish costumes.Describing the lavish sets, theatrical action, and New York movie personalities that filled St. Augustine, this book evokes an intensely creative time and place in the history of American moviemaking. Thomas Graham is professor emeritus of history at Flagler College. He is the author of several books including Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine.

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"This totally engaging, compact treatment of early U.S. film history is packed with information and a lot of fun."--Florida Weekly "Before there was Hollywood, there was an incipient "First Read more...

 
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