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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (March 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086196652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861966523
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Traces the rise and fall of one of the first film towns in the U.S.

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About the Author

Richard Koszarski is a member of the Fort Lee Film Commission and Associate Professor of English and Cinema Studies at Rutgers University. He lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Meyers on July 1, 2005
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Fort Lee Film Commission member Richard Koszarski's book "Fort Lee: The Film Town" is the first comprehensive book on the first "film town" in America. Scholars now will be able to reference the role this New Jersey community played in American film histroy. The world's first studio was built in New Jersey - Thomas Edison's "Black Maria." America's first studio town was Fort Lee, New Jersey. This book will serve to inform scholar and general reader alike that the film industry did not go from New York to Hollywood but actually from New Jersey to New York & Hollywood.
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I was hoping more for a book written by Koszarski about the history of the film industry in this Jersey town. I have read some of his other books and enjoy his writing quite a bit.
Instead this is almost all reprinted vintage pieces from various publications. They are valuable, true, but reading the book cover to cover was not easy for me and I never got to the end of it. I kept wishing for a book on East Coast film production and this is just not it.
The book is beautifully printed and there are lots of stills and photos. Just not enough Koszarski.
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Richard Koszarski presents a variety of press cuttings, memoirs, previously unpublished documentation etc. which creates a great historical account of Fort Lee, New Jersey. He goes through the people, places, studios, directors and even has updated accounts of events about Fort Lee - Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry.

I live in Ireland and I am a great film fan and was only introduced to the fact that Fort Lee was where the American Film industry commenced whilst watching "The birth of Hollywood" by Paul Merton on BBC4. Once viewed, I was surfing the net to try to gather information about Fort Lee and to see if I could purchase any historical information on its activities in the film industry. In "Fort Lee : The Film Town" I found all I required. The articles are very interesting and diverse and it is realy a true historical publication which gives the public a full history of Fort Lee, its people, studios, directors, actors, actresses as well as the problems which arose which made people turn from Fort Lee on the eastern shore and travel to Hollywood on the western shore. It is a stark reminder that the film industry started in New York rather than Hollywood and Fort Lee, New Jersey, was one of the most important starting points.

Richard Koszarski also has many other books published and I will definitely be purchasing these. His knowledge of cinematic history is amazing and all interested should be looking up his publications, as they all prove a great read.

Thank you Richard and the Fort Lee Film Commission, of which he is a member.
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