Before Hollywood there was Fort Lee, N.J. : early moviemaking in New Jersey / presented by Flicker Alley ; produced for DVD by David Shepard in cooperation with the Fort Lee Film Commission.
- Other Title:
- Early moviemaking in New Jersey
Early movie making in New Jersey
- DVD MOD Edition.
- [Los Angeles, CA] : Flicker Alley, LLC,  , ©2015
- Lexington, KY : Amazon.com kydc
- Blackhawk Films collection.
Blackhawk Films collection
1 videodisc (146 min) : sound and silent, color, black and white, and color-toned black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
- Silent films -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures -- History.
Motion picture industry -- History.
Fort Lee (N.J.) -- History.
Motion picture industry.
New Jersey -- Fort Lee.
- Documentary films.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- Documentary in English; silent films with English intertitles and musical accompaniment.
- System Details:
- DVD-R, NTSC, Region 0.
laser optical NTSC
video file DVD video region 0
- "When Hollywood, California was mostly orange groves, Fort Lee, New Jersey was a center of American film production ... By the mid-teens, a dozen major movie studios were operating in the Palisades village across the Hudson River from Manhattan's Washington Heights. This enormously interesting DVD, produced in cooperation with the Fort Lee Film Commission, is perhaps the most detailed look we shall ever have at early Fort Lee film production. Thomas Hanlon's 1964 documentary Before Hollywood There was Fort Lee, New Jersey uses rare still photographs, almost-complete versions of such films as Edison's Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1907) and Biograph's The Curtain Pole (1909) and poignant footage from 1935 of the great glass studios in ruins to show the rise and fall of silent filmmaking in the village on the Hudson. D.W. Griffith's location work in Fort Lee is represented by The New York Hat (1921), featuring Mary Pickford and Lionel Barrymore. Maurice Tourneur's 1917 feature, A Girl's Folly, had not been rediscovered when Hanlon's film was produced, but it's a movie about filmmaking in Fort Lee which uses the then-new Peerless Studio as background. Included in this half-hour abridgment are views of the glass stages, rotating sets, tank for water effects, laboratory, projection room, and crews at work on various aspects of production in that period. The whole thing ties together with a pleasant little story co-authored by Tourneur and Frances Marion, then just starting her spectacular screenwriting career. Director Maurice Tourneur is further represented by an enchanting hour-long feature of 1914, The Wishing Ring, taken in the village environs as well as in the Paragon Studio. What historian Kevin Brownlow has called 'its freshness and impish vitality' is hardly diminished by nine decades, and artistically this may be the most accomplished film produced anywhere in the world by 1914. Variety wrote that 'the whole atmosphere of the tale is light and as graceful as a minuet and colored with the nicety of a pastel.'
- Before Hollywood there was Fort Lee, New Jersey (ab[r]idged for this edition) / a film by Thomas Hanlon (1964, 40 min.)
The New York hat / directed by D.W. Griffith ; story by Anita Loos ; produced by Biograph Company (1912, 16 min.)
A girl's folly (abridged for this edition) / directed by Maurice Tourneur ; scenario by Tourneur and Frances Marion ; produced by World Film Corporation (1917, 30 min.)
The wishing ring / directed by Maurice Tourneur ; a Shubert Feature, based upon the play by Owen Davis ; produced by World Film Corporation (1914, 60 min.)
- The New York hat: Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore.
A girl's folly: Doris Kenyon, Robert Warwick, Chester Barnett, Johnny Hines, Maurice Tourneur.
The wishing ring: Vivian Martin, Alec B. Francis, Chester Barnett.
- The New York hat: photographed by G.W. Bitzer; music for this edition, Robert Israel.
A girl's folly: photographed by John van den Broek; music for this edition, Robert Israel.
The wishing ring: photographed by John van den Broek; art direction by Ben Carré; music compiled by Rodney Sauer and Susan Hall; music performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
- Title from container.
- Shepard, David, film producer.
Hanlon, Thomas, filmmaker.
Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, film director.
Loos, Anita, 1893-1981, screenwriter.
Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, actor.
Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954, actor.
Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, director of photography.
Israel, Robert, 1963- composer (expression)
Tourneur, Maurice, 1876-1961, film director, screenwriter, actor.
Marion, Frances, 1888-1973, screenwriter.
Kenyon, Doris, 1897-1979, actor.
Warwick, Robert, 1878-1964, actor.
Barnett, Chester, 1885-1947, actor.
Hines, Johnny, 1894-1970, actor.
Broek, John van den, director of photography.
Martin, Vivian, 1893-1987, actor.
Francis, Alec B., 1867-1934, actor.
Carré, Ben, 1883-1978, art director.
Sauer, Rodney, music compiler.
Hall, Susan, music compiler.
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, performer.
Biograph Company, production company.
World Film Corporation, production company.
Fort Lee Film Commission, production company.
Flicker Alley (Firm), presenter.
- Motion picture adaptation of: Davis, Owen, 1874-1956. Wishing ring.
New York hat.
- Publisher Number:
FA-MD3 026 Flicker Alley
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