Elias Savada

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Elias Savada is an American film historian and critic.

The son of New York record store owner Morton Savada,[1] Savada is the founder of the Motion Picture Information Service, which provides copyright research for film and television show producers. He has been a member of the American Film Institute, and compiled the organization's Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Film Beginnings, 1893-1910, which was published in 1995. His film reviews have appeared at Film Threat and Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Savada collaborated with David J. Skal on the 1995 book Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre. The book was the first major biography of Tod Browning, a horror film director known for his work on Freaks, Dracula, and several Lon Chaney Sr. films.[3] Writing in the Journal of Popular Film and Television, Martin F. Norden called Dark Carnival "a compelling, in-depth examination of one of America's first cult film directors".[4] Steven Alford of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the book "succeeds in resurrecting the reputation of one of Hollywood's long-buried eccentrics".[5]


  1. ^ Dennis Hevesi. "Morton J. Savada, 85, Seller of 78-R.P.M. Records, Dies". New York Times. February 20, 2008. Retrieved on October 27, 2008.
  2. ^ Elias Savada. Washington DC Area Film Critics Association. Retrieved on October 27, 2008.
  3. ^ Gary Houston. "Inside the macabre mind of filmmaker Tod Browning". Chicago Tribune. October 29, 1995. Books, 9.
  4. ^ Martin F. Norden. "Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre". Journal of Popular Film & Television. Winter 1997. Vol. 24, Iss. 4. 187.
  5. ^ Steven E. Alford. "Filming Hollywood's nightmares". Houston Chronicle. November 5, 1995. 23.

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