Fort Lee Film Commission marks 100 years since first blockbuster 'The Perils of Pauline' was released

The Fort Lee Film Commission is marking 100 years since the release of the world's first blockbuster, which was produced in the Garden State. A

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A silent movie called "The Perils of Pauline" was filmed in the Palisades and starred the first successful female actor Pearl White. (3/3/14)

FORT LEE - The Fort Lee Film Commission is marking 100 years since the release of the world's first blockbuster, which was produced in the Garden State.

A silent movie called "The Perils of Pauline" was filmed in the Palisades and starred the first successful female actor Pearl White.

The commission credits Thomas Edison with starting the film industry there in 1907.

"A century ago Fort Lee was the center of film production in the United States," says Tom Meyers, director of the Fort Lee Film Commission. "It was the first American film town and had lot of studios. Starting from 1910 to 1917, studio after studio was built in Fort Lee. Most of the population was employed in the movie industry and we had some of the great directors and stars start their careers."

Meyers says that although the film industry was born here, New Jersey remains one of the only states without a film tax credit - something he believes would bring the movies back to Fort Lee.

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