WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th-7:30 pm here at the L.E.B.-Mabel & Mack & Me! On the eve of Cinecon, the annual festival so fantastic one of my employees becomes invisible, we present for you an evening we think you’ll enjoy. Not one, but 2 authors to tell the story of Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett ,Keystone & the early days of Hollywood. Jon Boorstin brings us “Mabel & Me” a fact based novel with more fact then most non-fiction on the subject. Brent Walker brings the new paperback edition of, “Mack Senett’s Fun Factory”, a filmography with over 1,000 credits, 280 photos & biographies on many of the early Keystone performers. What could make this night better? How about we show a couple of shorts featuring Mabel & friends? That should do it. So, if you’re down for Cinecon or just want a great Wednesday night out, pretend it’s 100 years ago, get in the Model T and come on over to Larry Edmunds Bookshop! It’s Mabel! It’s Mack! It’s Me! (my name is Larry). Below there is a little more book information for you to peruse. Hope we see you next Wednesday!
About the Book This is a comprehensive career study and filmography of Mack Sennett, cofounder of Keystone Studios, home of the Keystone Kops and other vehicles that showcased his innovative slapstick comedy. The filmography covers the more than 1,000 films Sennett produced, directed, wrote or appeared in between 1908 and 1955, including casts, credits, synopses, production and release dates, locations, cross-references of remade stories and gags, footage excerpted in compilations, identification of prints existing in archives, and other information. The book, featuring 280 photographs, also contains biographies of several hundred performers and technical personnel connected with Sennett. About the Author(s) Brent E. Walker is a web developer and historian who has contributed to numerous film publications, DVD commentaries, and Turner Classic Movies. He lives in Long Beach, California.
Mabel and Me is a novel about the Movies—a sharply observed, historically accurate, deliciously intimate story set in the earliest days of motion pictures. Beautifully told, this is a tale of Jack, his coming of age with the Movies,
and his passionate, destructive, and ultimately liberating love for one of the very first movie stars, the sweetheart of slapstick—Mabel Normand. Theirs is the story of the birth of the modern movie age. It’s a story they lived together. Day in, day out. Until they didn’t. Mabel Normand was the model for the modern woman: her brief life, from slapstick girl to boxoffice bonanza to drug addict to modern savvy star, embodied the evolution of the Movies. She was the Queen of Comedy,
a flapper a decade before flappers, the first to have her name emblazoned in the title of a picture, the first director of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp—not to mention the person who convinced Mack Sennett to give Chaplin his first break, immediately recognizing his comic genius.
Mabel was the first woman allowed to be both beautiful and funny, the model for the modern comedic star, and she was shockingly sexy at the time.
Watching Mabel on screen was like “being slapped in the face with a perfumed glove.” Author Jon Boorstin portrays her love affairs—all factbased, particularly her defining, explosive relationship with Mack Sennett—with humor, poignancy, and drama. Mabel and Me takes us directly inside the world of the birth of the Movies, inside the world of
Hollywood 1912. We become obsessed with motion pictures, in love with their mesmerizing power. Entertaining, heartfelt, and
unexpected, Boorstin’s novel delivers us to the first moments of filmmaking and recreates the sense of all that was happening on film
and behind the scenes for the very first time. Written in a voice that’s side by side with Hollywood’s premier female movie star, one
that’s close to her, and from a perspective that’s often privy to what Normand is thinking—even when she starred with Chaplin in the first featurelength comedy ever made.
About Jon Boorstin: His first novel, Pay or Play, was called “the definitive sendup of Hollywood” by Publishers Weekly in a coveted starred review. His second, The Newsboys’ LodgingHouse, won the New York Society Library Award for Historical Fiction.
Boorstin has also written a book of practical film theory, Making Movies Work, which is used in film schools all over the world.
The work of an Oscar®nominated documentary filmmaker and longtime screenwriter and producer, Mabel and Me is the culmination of
Boorstin’s lifelong affair with the Movies.