Inventing the Movies

My friend Scott Kirsner has a new book on the history of filmmaking technology that readers here might find interesting. It’s called “Inventing the Movies” and, in part, covers Hollywood’s historical resistance to new technology. I have it on good authority that I am quoted in the book, so of course I want you all to rush out and buy it. The book’s website is here, and it’s available via Amazon at this link. Scott was recently interviewed on NPR’s “Science Friday.” You can listen at this link via iTunes.

Scott has posted a selection of entertaining and not-so-prescient quotes from Hollywood notables. It starts with Thomas Edison’s comment that ten projectors would be enough to serve the whole country and George Eastman’s idea that the public will never accept film sound. As the screenwriter William Goldman has famously said, “Nobody knows anything.”

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