Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100+ Years of Chicago and the Movies (Paperback)

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Ranging from the dawn of the silent era to today’s blockbusters and independent films, this revamped second edition chronicles the significant contributions by Chicago and Chicagoans to more than a century of American filmmaking. Among the Windy City’s unique honors in this history are the development of film technology by early major players Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and the Selig Polyscope Company; the first African American–owned and operated film studios; the birthplace of gore flicks; the origination and growth of movie palaces; and the importance of the Second City, Goodman, and Steppenwolf theaters as training grounds for the industry’s best comedic and dramatic talent. Readers will relish behind-the-scenes stories of local favorites like The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as well as recent box office smashes like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Fully revised and updated, this premier guide to the Windy City’s history in the film industry features new profiles of film locations, more photographs, and exclusive interviews detailing all aspects of the moviemaking process, making it the perfect guide for film lovers and Chicago history buffs alike.

About the Author

Michael Corcoran has written seven previous books, including "Duel in the Sun, " an account of the 1977 British Open, and "For Which It Stands: An Anecdotal Biography of the American Flag." He's written for numerous magazines and been the editor of a few. He lives with his wife and their children in Springtown, Pennsylvania.

ARNIE BERNSTEIN learned firsthand about American Nazis as a high school student, when a group of neo-fascists threatened to march in his neighborhood, known for its large Jewish population. He has been interviewed by the "New York Times", BBC Radio, NPR, PBS, and numerous documentaries. He's lectured at DePaul University, the Chicago History Museum, and other venues, and appeared on C-SPAN's Book-TV. Bernstein's nonfiction tale "Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing "was honored as a Notable Book of the Year by the State Library of Michigan. He lives in Chicago.

Praise For…

"A must-read for local movie buffs." —Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781613745755
ISBN-10: 1613745753
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: June 2013
Pages: 336
Language: English