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Thomas Ince
Hollywood’s Independent Pioneer

by Brian Taves

 

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Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer
by Brian Taves

University Press of Kentucky : Lexington, Kentucky : 2012
ISBN 978-0-8131-3422-2 (0813134226) : 384 pages : hardcover : $39.95
Regardless of the successes of his career, Thomas H. Ince’s memory is heavily-burdened by the gossip-shrouded circumstances of his untimely death in 1924. The decades-long perpetuation of smarmy rumors is given weight, in some persons’ minds, by a few sensationalized biographical articles and the questionably accurate docudrama The Cat’s Meow (2001). Perhaps, once and for all, the incorrect rumors about Ince’s death can be put to rest.

Brian Taves, who is an archivist at the Library of Congress, has written what is — surprisingly — the first book-length biography of Thomas H. Ince. Choosing to ignore the sensational, Taves embarked on the project of documenting Ince’s life and work, examining the rumors and dismissing many of them, all aided by complete access to the collection of Ince corporate papers held by the Library of Congress.

“Brian Taves has written the first book length study in English of Thomas Ince, the unjustly forgotten producer-director responsible for creating the classical Hollywood studio system of production. Taves’ lucid account of a career cut short by a premature death, debunks the many myths surrounding Ince’s mysterious last days, while placing Ince in proper perspective as one of Hollywood’s greatest early pioneers.” — Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA Film and Television Archive.

 
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