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Film's First FamilyThe Untold Story of the Costellos$
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Terry Chester Shulman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178097

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178097.001.0001

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Film's First Family

Terry Chester Shulman

University Press of Kentucky

An introduction to Maurice Costello and the entertainment world as it existed in America at the beginning of the twentiethcentury. As the rise of film brought about the decline of theater, New York became a battleground as the two mediums foughteach other for dominance. Maurice, then a struggling stage actor, waded into this maelstrom of cultural and technological change with afamily to support and a growing dissatisfaction with his profession that would eventually lead him to consider a different option.

Keywords:   Maurice Costello, The rise of film, New York, decline of theater, technological change

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