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The First Hollywood: Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking

Bean, Shawn C.

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ISBN 10: 0813032431 / ISBN 13: 9780813032436
Published by University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, 2008
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Hardcover. A fine copy and a fine dust jacket. 193 pages, index, bibliography, list of movies made in Jacksonville 1908-1926, many black and white pictures from this period. The book is signed and dedicated by the author to Ralph and Nancy. Bookseller Inventory # 007526

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Title: The First Hollywood: Florida and the Golden ...

Publisher: University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Jacksonville, Florida, was the king of the infant film industry. Devastated by fire in 1901, rebuilt in a wide variety of architectural styles, sharing the same geographic and meteorological DNA as southern California, the city was an ideal location for northern film production companies looking to relocate.In 1908, New York-based Kalem Studios sent its first crew to Jacksonville. By 1914, fifteen major companies - including Fox and Metro Pictures - had set up shop there. Oliver Hardy, D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and the Barrymores all made movies in the Florida sunshine. In total, nearly 300 films, including the first Technicolor picture ever made, were completed in Jacksonville by 1928.But the city couldn't escape its past. Even as upstart Hollywood boosters sought to discredit Jacksonville, the latter imploded from a combination of political upheaval, simmering racial tensions, disease, and World War I. Shawn Bean uses first-person accounts, filmmaker biographies, newspaper reports, and city and museum archives to bring to light a little-known aspect of film history. Filled with intrigue, backroom shenanigans, and missed opportunities, "The First Hollywood" is just the kind of drama we've come to expect from the big screen.There wasn't always just one Tinseltown.


"A compelling story of the rise and fall of Jacksonville, Florida, as a major motion picture studio rival to Hollywood. Along the way you'll meet visionaries, film pioneers, and famous names, as well as grifters and con men." - Richard Alan Nelson, author of Lights! Camera! Florida! "Although nonfiction, at times it reads like a fast-paced novel, telling the story of how it was Jacksonville - not Hollywood - that served as this country's first film capital. A fascinating read." - Patrick D. Smith, Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize - nominated author, Florida Artists Hall of Fame inductee"

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