Books: The Celluloid Jungle

THE MAGIC LANTERN (504 pp.)—Robert Carson—Holt ($3.95).

Take a pioneer of the movie industry (nickelodeon vintage) and take him seriously. Shadow him through the eyes of his only son as he makes a ruthless, razzle-dazzle climb from two reels and a crank in a primitive lower Manhattan studio to control of a lavish Hollywood lot. March an army of extras in slow motion through the lives of father & son featuring such types as deep, silent directors (genius division), mean old financiers with moist-eyed granddaughters, fading stars, grasping agents, gossip columnists, and other native life of the celluloid jungle. Dub in a...

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