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History of the American Film Industry from Its Beginnings to 1931 Paperback – December 1, 1970


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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (December 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486224031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486224039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a film student in the late 70's this book was required reading. I was so impressed with the research and storytelling that I didn't realize it was written 40 years earlier! An insiteful book that pretty much lays out the reality of the American Film Industry from 1910 through what would continue as the studio system (later to be disolved in the 50's as television and other conglomerates moved into the picture - no pun intended)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Filmmaking Mom on February 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Benjamin Hampton put together this work in 1931. Other film histories at this time were Terry Ramsaye's "A Million and One Nights" (1926). Hampton is no historian. He does not cite his sources or include references or a bibliography. However, he claims to be a part of the industry and has a lot of personal interviews. He is an opinionated writer, which gives you a good chuckle here and there. As for fact, it is skeptical everything can be historically verified. As for a good narrative story, it's worth the while to read and find out how early writers made conclusions of the motion picture industry.
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By bill farkas on May 4, 2014
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if you are interested in early hollywood this is a must read hampton was in the thick of hollywood
he tells the story real well and easy to understand
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