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Pittsburgh film history: on set in the Steel City

Book on movies made in Pittsburgh by John Tiech

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  • Dec 18, 2013
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Not very often do I rate a book a "Waste of paper" (this is the 20th out of over 1000 reviews I've written), and I didn't want to here because I was so looking forward to this book based on the subject.  But the good idea just wasn't well executed:  little usable or interesting information, no filmographies or categorized information to make it easy or possible to find or compare movies, random scattered quotes from a small handful of local extras and crew members that add nothing to the knowledge or feel of local filmmaking, continuous chronological  thread that jumps from movie to movie (sometimes in the same paragraph) without providing any connective narrative.  If you are interested in any movie you think or know was filmed in and around Pittsburgh you are better off googling it.

Histories or accounts like this that focus on narrow geographic bounds can be great fun and very interesting ways to learn about where you live or visit, but the truth is that the best or better known writers are typically writing about bigger subjects on broader stages.  One can at least hope for good organization of local information even if the writing isn't top notch.  But the quality can vary so reader beware.  And in this case you are warned:  even with lowered expectations this book disappoints.

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December 19, 2013
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