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Faces & Names: Bogdanovich goes from last to first

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“The Last Picture Show” director Peter Bogdanovich will explore the story of the first picture shows for his next project.

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Bogdanovich has signed on to direct a TV miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball’s 2013 book “The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures.” The book explores the true story of motion-picture pioneer Edward Muybridge and industrialist-politician Leland Stanford, and their effect on the early days of cinema.

Bodganovich called “The Inventor and the Tycoon” a “fascinating story about the origins of cinema.”

Set in frontier-era California, Ball's book explores how Muybridge — a murderer as well a technological pioneer — and his patron Stanford teamed to launch the age of visual media.

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