Ed Poole



Ed Poole is a movie accessories expert, providing research to clients such as the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He and his wife, Susan, run several websites, including the retail movie memorabilia site, LearnAboutMoviePosters.com, and the only cross-referenced movie poster research database, MoviePosterDataBase.com. Louisiana Film History: A Comprehensive Overview Beginning 1896 is their 13th industry-related reference book.


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Louisiana Film History: A Comprehensive Overview Beginning 1896

This excellent reference book is the first complete history and development of the vibrant film industry in Louisiana, dubbed Hollywood on the Bayou. Told through dozens of movie posters, still photos and fascinating details, it takes readers from the birth of the cinema in 1896 through its early struggles and on to the current boom of film companies working in the state. Ed and Susan Poole, film accessory collectors and researchers in Gretna, La., take us behind the scenes to explain Louisiana film lore and the allure of characters such as Morgus the Magnificent, Evangeline and the Vampire Lestat.

They look at the state’s diverse ethnic heritage and natural venues that inspire film makers, as well as the genres and topics only Louisiana can conjure: Creole and Cajun cultures and dialects, voodoo, Mardi Gras and cities of the dead. Louisiana ranks third in the country in film production, bested only by California and New York. Louisiana Film History is the only complete reference book on how the state rose to fame. Covering more than 100 years, it lists thousands of films produced totally or partially in Louisiana and gives a history of the most prominent films.

Louisiana Film History is richly illustrated by dozens of movie posters and stills from the Pooles’ personal collection—reminders of the major national and international influence of Louisiana in cinema.


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