The Hollywood Studios

The Hollywood Studios

House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies

eBook - 1988
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Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles? These are the questions Ethan Mordden answers, with breezy erudition and irrepressible enthusiasm, in this fascinating and wonderfully readable book. Mordden illuminates how the style of each studio was primarily dictated by the personality, philosophy, and attitudes of its presiding mogul--and how all these factors affected the work and careers of individual actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and the success of the studio in general.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1988.
ISBN: 9780307828170
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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Jul 15, 2014

I LOVED this book! Filled with cynical, humourous yet accurate commentary into the individual style and approach of each major Hollywood studio up to the 1950s.
Although written in a highly conversational tone (what books aren't these days?), Mordden considers his reader to be an active film viewer (i.e. "I hear murmurs in the house -- isn't 'Lady in the Dark' a musical? Not after Paramount got hold of it.").
Enjoyed this book so much that I later purchased it! This belongs on the bookshelves of all classic film lovers.

Apr 23, 2014

A book full of facts and pictures of interest, but so badly organized as to be rendered pretty much useless to me.


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