Susan Poole



Susan Poole, along with her husband, Ed, is a movie accessories researcher, providing information to museums, universities and auction houses and dealers. The Pooles give lectures and presentations about their great love and knowledge of film in Louisiana and serve as consultants to a statewide exhibit based on the contents of their latest book, Louisiana Film History. Their passion is recording the state’s film history and making it available so that the information and documentation will not be lost.


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Louisiana Film History: A Comprehensive Overview Beginning 1896

This excellent reference book is the first complete history and development of the vibrant film industry in Louisiana, dubbed Hollywood on the Bayou. Told through dozens of movie posters, still photos and fascinating details, it takes readers from the birth of the cinema in 1896 through its early struggles and on to the current boom of film companies working in the state. Ed and Susan Poole, film accessory collectors and researchers in Gretna, La., take us behind the scenes to explain Louisiana film lore and the allure of characters such as Morgus the Magnificent, Evangeline and the Vampire Lestat.

They look at the state's diverse ethnic heritage and natural venues that inspire film makers, as well as the genres and topics only Louisiana can conjure: Creole and Cajun cultures and dialects, voodoo, Mardi Gras and cities of the dead. Louisiana ranks third in the country in film production, bested only by California and New York. Louisiana Film History is the only complete reference book on how the state rose to fame. Covering more than 100 years, it lists thousands of films produced totally or partially in Louisiana and gives a history of the most prominent films.

Louisiana Film History is richly illustrated by dozens of movie posters and stills from the Pooles' personal collection—reminders of the major national and international influence of Louisiana in cinema.


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