Fort Lee: The Film Town (1904-2004) by Richard Koszarski

By Richard Koszarski

During the 1910s, films got here to dominate each element of lifestyles within the suburban New Jersey group of castle Lee. through the nickelodeon period, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and Mack Sennett might ferry whole performing 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 citadel Lee and the neighboring groups. Tax sales from studios and laboratories swelled municipal coffers.

Then, unexpectedly, every little thing replaced. fortress Lee, the movie city as soon as hailed because the birthplace of the yank movie undefined, was once now the industry’s authentic ghost city. phases as soon as crammed to skill by way of Paramount and common have been leased by way of self sufficient manufacturers or used as paint retailers by means of scenic artists from Broadway. so much of citadel Lee’s movie historical past ultimately burned away, one studio at a time.

Richard Koszarski re-creates the increase and fall of citadel Lee filmmaking in a extraordinary university of interval information money owed, memoirs, municipal documents, formerly unpublished memos and correspondence, and dozens of infrequent posters and photographs—not simply movie heritage, yet a special account of what occurred to at least one New Jersey city hopelessly enthralled by way of the movies.

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