Spend An Evening With An Author at Benchmark Books–James V. D’Arc, When Hollywood Came to Town: A History of Moviemaking in Utah

By September 9, 2010

For any who may be interested–

BENCHMARK BOOKS

3269 So. Main Street, Suite 250

Salt Lake City, UT  84115

Phone: 800-486-3112, (801) 486-3111

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SPEND AN EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are very pleased to announce the publication of WHEN HOLLYWOOD CAME TO TOWN: A HISTORY OF MOVIEMAKING IN UTAH by James V. D’Arc, published by Gibbs Smith. The author will be here on Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to talk about and sign his book. He will speak at 6:00 p.m. and answer questions from the audience, signing books before and after that time.

When we think of Utah as a location for making movies, we perhaps conjure up the image of a cavalry charge against “hostile” Indians in Monument Valley with John “the Duke” Wayne leading the way and John Ford directing the action.  That, or a variation thereof, happened many times in that way, but as James V. D’Arc, curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive, shows us in this delightful new book on the subject, that’s only a small part of the picture. For the past 100 years, Utah has been involved in the motion picture industry including providing locations for more than 800 feature films, TV movies, and series episodes that have represented virtually all regions of the United States, as well as parts of the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and even other planets. Never before has the story been told of how Utah enamored the Hollywood studios and why they returned so often to the Beehive State until now in When Hollywood Came to Town.

In this virtual treasure trove of movies made in Utah, D’Arc breaks up the state into each of the counties that have been the location for filmmaking and lists and describes each movie made there. After 30 years of archival research and interviews with locals, he is able to provide an abundance of rich material  about the principals involved (cast members, directors, writers, locals and others). Most entries also include interesting anecdotes or facts that make for entertaining reading. D’Arc provides the background on some of the Utahns who helped moviemaking here become a reality, such as the Parry brothers of Cedar City who were crucial in bringing “Hollywood” to Utah.

When Hollywood Came to Town is chock full of illustrations and photographs throughout. Carefully selected by the author, the hundreds of illustrations, accompanied by his informed and engaging prose, provide snapshots in time of the key people and places involved in Utah moviemaking and are sure to evoke pleasure in both film and book aficionados who read this book.

Movie critic, Leonard Maltin, writes that Jim D’Arc’s book “offers a cornucopia of colorful stories about moviemaking throughout the state dating back to the silent-film era. The spectacular photos that fill this volume are icing on the cake. This is a welcome addition to any film buff’s bookshelf.”

We hope you will be able to attend this event which promises to be very informative and entertaining; but, if you can’t and would like to have books signed or personalized, we will be happy to take prepaid orders and either hold or ship them to you.

When Hollywood Came to Town (hardcover)                       $30.00

Shipping and handling: $5.50 (media mail). FedEx ground extra; please inquire. Utah residents add 6.85% sales tax.

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