New article on “Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era”

Laurie Crosswell, writing for Asheville, North Carolina’s Mountain XPress, gave my book a nice review. She writes:

“Thompson’s book uncovers a bygone cinematic history and, in so doing, provides new views and insights about Asheville. Divided into seven chapters, Asheville Movies, Volume 1: The Silent Era takes the reader on an enlightening journey that “rediscovers a forgotten era of filmmaking in the Land of the Sky from the earliest “actualities” in 1900 to the final silent film, We’re Careful Now.

“Thompson sheds light on when and how film companies such as Edison made their way to Asheville, as well as what and where silent films were made and who starred in them and why. The filmographies of Captain Bob, The Summer Girl, The Conquest of Canaan and more are displayed following Thompson’s narration into the backstory behind how Asheville became such a popular and lucrative movie site. Stars such as Clara Kimball Young, Alice Brady, Edward Warren and more traveled to film in Asheville, where the mountains themselves served not only as a draw but as a star in themselves. Thompson keeps the reader engaged by making the information feel like a reward and not a lesson, often incorporating local trivia of the time.

“For instance, when discussing The Conquest of Canaan‘s film history, Thompson recounts: “In the ‘School Calendar of 1920-21’ section of Asheville High School’s 1921 yearbook, the month of March was marked with a single entry: ‘Thomas Meighan is in town!’ It wasn’t only the teenagers of Asheville who were thrilled by the visit from Hollywood royalty. The entire city was electric with excitement for nearly a month while Famous Players-Lasky filmed its adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s The Conquest of Canaan.”

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