From the earliest film studios, when one out of every five movies was made in Chicago, to today's thriving independent film scene, the Windy City has been at the forefront of American moviemaking. Take a unique trip through Chicago and with Chicagoans through a century of filmmaking. Exclusive interviews with directors, actors, writers, and other film professionals; visits to movie locations and historical sites; and fascinating tales from the silent era are all a part of this spirited and definitive look at our location on the lake.
“Film lovers and Windy City fans will cherish this updated guide.” Booklist
"Movie nuts, feel free to rejoice.” Chicago Tribune
- The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections Foreword by the late Illinois Senator Paul Simon
- While America's Civil War was fought on Confederate battlefields, Chicago played a crucial role in the Union's struggle toward victory. The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm takes you through a whirlwind of 19th century events that created the foundation for modern-day Chicago. (Lake Claremont Press, 2003) Discover:
- The role Chicago played in Abraham Lincoln's unlikely bid for the Presidency
- Mary Todd Lincoln's trials and tribulations after her husband's assassination
- The hell on earth for six thousand Confederate prisoners that was Camp Douglas, a P.O.W. prison just south of the city
- The Sanitary Fair and the women behind the war efforts
- How Chicago's Union Blue was streaked with hints of Confederate Gray
- Abolition leaders and the Underground Railroad
- John Wilkes Booth's acclaimed performances at the McVicker's Theater, and what this vainglorious actor and future assassin had to say about Lincoln in 1863.
"...Arnie Bernstein gives us not only the Civil War connections, but unexpected insights into that most bloody of our wars from a Chicago perspective... Readers...will be enriched, understanding a little better where we have been and where we must go." U.S. Senator Paul Simon From his foreword "Arnie Bernstein's lively look at the links between Chicago and the Civil War is a vivid reminder of how that titanic strugle over slavery and the meaning of freedom affected-and continues to affect-all Americans, living everywhere." Geoffrey C. Ward Co-writer of the PBS series "The Civil War" and companion book The Civil War: An Illustrated History "(A) lively, intelligent, and comprehensive guide to Civil War and Lincoln sites. Arnie Bernstein's collection is well researched, organized, and written. The result is a useful guidebook that will help Chicagoans and their many guests appreciate more deeply the Windy City's links to an important era in our national history. Jean H. Baker Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
For the Boston volume, I looked at the ecclectic portraits of Beantown in The Last Detail, Shutter Island, and Ted. (2014, edited by Marcelline Block)