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Hollywood of the Rockies:: Colorado, the West and America's Film Pioneers
In the early days of the twentieth century, movies weren't made in California. As America's film pioneers traveled westward, Colorado became a beacon to them, contributing to the early motion picture business with all the relish and gusto of a western saga. The gorgeous natural scenery was perfect for the country's (and the world's) growing infatuation with the West, turni ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by The History Press
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Fun little book about silent film and early westerns. Offers interesting facts and some cool insights into film history that you won't find in other places for sure. I wish it had a more scholarly historical tone--not to say dry, but more complex and analytical, with fewer exclamation marks and casual jokey asides.
Michael J. Spencer delves into the history of the burgeoning film industry in Hollywood in the Rockies: Colorado, the West, and America's Film Pioneers. He recounts the beginnings of film in Europe to it's inception and growth in the United States. I was unaware and quite fascinated to learn just how pivital Colorado and the filmmakers who flocked there were to the film industry. History seems to have forgotten the first innovators and stars of the film industry; however, Spencer educates his re ...more