Alum Publishes Book on Allan Dwan

Cinema Studies alum Frederic Lombardi (MA, 1973) has published a book last year entitled Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. A retrospective and book signing at MoMA followed soon after the book was released.
51SY7nD8S3L._BO2%2C204%2C203%2C200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click%2CTopRight%2C35%2C-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpgDwan was present at virtually the creation of the American film industry, writing scripts as early as 1909 and beginning his prolific career as a director in 1911. His career continued for half a century. Dwan was memorialized in a book-length interview with Peter Bogdanovich called Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer, published in 1971. Lombardi’s book is a more detailed look at Dwan’s career, and separates many of the myths from the truth of the director’s life. The book provides a new evaluation of Dwan’s importance and provides a different perspective on the evolution of the American film industry.
Lombardi’s book inspired a retrospective of Dwan’s films at the Museum of Modern Art last year, a retrospective that was later cited with a Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics.
More information about the book, including quotes from critics and authors, is available on the publisher’s website.
For a look inside the book, or to purchase it, visit Amazon.

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