From the New York Times bestselling author Dominic Smith, a radiant audiobook tracing the intertwined fates of a silent-film director and his muse.
Dominic Smith's The Electric Hotel winds through the nascent days of cinema in Paris and Fort Lee, New Jersey—America's first movie town—and on the battlefields of Belgium during World War I. A sweeping work of historical fiction, it shimmers between past and present as it tells the story of the rise and fall of a prodigious film studio and one man's doomed obsession with all that passes in front of the viewfinder.
For nearly half a century, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. A French pioneer of silent films, who started out as a concession agent for the LumiEre brothers, the inventors of cinema, Claude now spends his days foraging mushrooms in the hills of Los Angeles and taking photographs of runaways and the striplings along Sunset Boulevard.
But when a film-history student comes to interview Claude about The Electric Hotel—the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose—the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments and reels in desperate need of restoration, and Claude's memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him.
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"Dominic Smith's latest fictional dive into the history of an art form makes for a rich audiobook under narrator Edoardo Ballerini's able management. The period is the turn of the twentieth century, the arena the development of the moving picture, and the commercial question whether the technology of the French Lumire brothers or the patents of Thomas Edison will dominate the form. But of course Smith creates narrative power with personalities, not data. Ballerini makes the international cast vivid: the young French director Claude Ballard, his Sarah-Bernhardt-like inamorata, Sabine Montrose, a Brooklyn urchin who becomes a Hollywood producer, and a winning young Australian daredevil who invents the craft of the stuntman. Hold on for the literal cliff-hanger in reel four. It's on fire. B.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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