Hollywood by Hollywood

But more than that, a backstudio picture is concerned with shaping perceptions of how the film industry works, with masking how its product depends upon an industrial labor force, including stardom, and with determining how that work's ...

Author: Steven Cohan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190865788

Category: History

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The backstudio picture, or the movie about movie-making, is a staple of Hollywood film production harking back to the silent era and extending to the present day. What gives backstudios their coherence as a distinctive genre, Steven Cohan argues in Hollywood by Hollywood, is their fascination with the mystique of Hollywood as a geographic place, a self-contained industry, and a fantasy of fame, leisure, sexual freedom, and modernity. Yet by the same token, if backstudio pictures have rarely achieved blockbuster box-office success, what accounts for the film industry's interest in continuing to produce them? The backstudio picture has been an enduring genre because, aside from offering a director or writer a chance to settle old scores, in branding filmmaking with the Hollywood mystique, the genre solicits consumers' strong investment in the movies. Whether inspiring the "movie crazy" fan girls of the early teens and twenties or the wannabe filmmakers of this century heading to the West Coast after their college graduations, backstudios have given emotional weight and cultural heft to filmmaking as the quintessential American success story. But more than that, a backstudio picture is concerned with shaping perceptions of how the film industry works, with masking how its product depends upon an industrial labor force, including stardom, and with determining how that work's value accrues from the Hollywood brand stamped onto the product. Cohan supports his well theorized and well researched claims with nuanced discussions of over fifty backstudios, some canonical and well-known, and others obscure and rarely seen. Covering the hundred-year timespan of feature length film production, Hollywood by Hollywood offers an illuminating perspective for considering anew the history of American movies.
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Early Hollywood

Splendid vintage photographs from the renowned collections of the Hollywood Heritage Museum and Bison Archives illustrate Hollywood's businesses, homes, and residents during the silent-film era and immediately after, as the Great Depression ...

Author: Marc Wanamaker

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738547923

Category: History

Page: 127

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The image of Hollywood often translates as some otherworldly dreamscape filled with fantastic lives and fantasy fulfillment. The real deal was carved from the Southern California desert as an outpost northwest of Los Angeles. The movie industry arrived when tumbleweeds were not simply props and actual horsepower pulled the loads. Everyday workers, civic management, and Main Street conventionalities nurtured Hollywood's growth, as did a balmy climate that facilitated outdoor photography and shooting schedules for filmmakers. Splendid vintage photographs from the renowned collections of the Hollywood Heritage Museum and Bison Archives illustrate Hollywood's businesses, homes, and residents during the silent-film era and immediately after, as the Great Depression led up to World War II. These images celebrate Hollywood before and after its annexation into the city of Los Angeles in 1910 and its subsequent ascension as the world's greatest filmmaking center.
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Max Factor and Hollywood

The story of the makeup artist who changed the film industry—and the world of modern cosmetics.

Author: Erika Thomas

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781439658758

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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The story of the makeup artist who changed the film industry—and the world of modern cosmetics. Includes photos. When Polish wigmaker and cosmetician Max Factor arrived in Los Angeles at the dawn of the motion picture industry, “make-up” had been associated only with stage performers and ladies of the oldest profession. Appalled by the garish paints worn by actors, Factor introduced the first “flexible” greasepaint for film in 1914. With a few careful brush strokes, a lot of innovation, and the kind of luck that can happen only in Hollywood, Max Factor changed the meaning of glamour. His innovations can be experienced in every tube of lipstick, palette of eye shadow, and bottle of nail lacquer used today. Join author Erika Thomas as she reveals the makeup guru's expert beauty tips and the story of how he created the most iconic golden-era looks that are as relevant today as they were nearly a century ago.
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Hollywood Economics

Movies expected to perform well can flop, whilst independent movies with low budgets can be wildly successful. In this text, De Vany casts his eye over all aspects of the business to present some intriguing conclusions.

Author: Arthur S. De Vany

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415312612

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

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Movies expected to perform well can flop, whilst independent movies with low budgets can be wildly successful. In this text, De Vany casts his eye over all aspects of the business to present some intriguing conclusions.
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Hollywood

Author: Jean-Baptiste Thoret

Publisher:

ISBN: 6052241357

Category:

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The Big Picture

If you are interested in Hollywood today and the complex and fascinating way it has evolved in order to survive, you haven't seen the big picture until you've read "The Big Picture. "From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Edward Jay Epstein

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 9780812973822

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 402

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A behind-the-scenes odyssey into the world of the Hollywood motion picture industry examines the complex ways in which the major entertainment empires--Viacom, Time Warner, NBC/Universal, Fox, Sony, and Disney--make their money, profiling the individuals who created these vast conglomerates and the various ways in which Hollywood has evolved to survive financially. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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Making Music in Selznick s Hollywood

This book tells the fascinating story of the evolution of David O. Selznick's style through the many artists whose work defined Hollywood sound.

Author: Nathan Platte

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199371112

Category: Art

Page: 398

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This book tells the fascinating story of the evolution of David O. Selznick's style through the many artists whose work defined Hollywood sound.
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Hollywood Censored

Looks at the history of the production code, discusses the influence of the Legion of Decency, and considers specific films 'Hollywood Censored' examines how hundreds of films were censored and edited to promote a conservative political ...

Author: Gregory D. Black

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521565928

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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Looks at the history of the production code, discusses the influence of the Legion of Decency, and considers specific films
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Lost in Hollywood

When Ginger Carlson's aunt finds herself in financial trouble, Ginger's entire family and her best friend head to Hollywood to help find the missing money.

Author: Cindy Callaghan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781481465717

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

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Ginger is on a mission to find her family’s missing fortune in glamorous Hollywood in this M!X novel from the author of Lost in London, Lost in Paris, Lost in Rome, and Lost in Ireland (formerly titled Lucky Me). Thirteen-year-old Ginger Carlson feels like she is the only normal one in her family. Her father is an inventor who sells his gadgets online, Mom is obsessed with classic movies, and her brother Grant thinks he is from outer space. Luckily, Ginger has a totally normal BFF, Payton, and they have big plans for the future—they plan to become doctors and open a practice together in a big city. But first, they’re partnering on the state Science Olympics where they’re sure to take home the gold for their eighth grade class with their model of the brain. The Olympics training is interrupted when the Carlson family gets an urgent call that their eccentric Aunt Betty, a former actress who lives in Hollywood, is in serious trouble. The bank is going to take her house unless she can give them the money she owes. The Carlsons head to LA to sort things out for Aunt Betty, along with Payton, who tags along for the West Coast adventure. In a moment alone with the girls, Aunt Betty tells them what’s really going on. Because she didn’t trust banks, Aunt Betty stashed her money in a secret hiding place. Only problem—it’s so secret, she can’t remember where that hiding place is! That’s what she’s been doing all around town—looking for her fortune. Can Ginger and Payton help find the money—and give Aunt Betty the Hollywood ending that she deserves?
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The New Hollywood

In 1967, Time Magazine's cover featured 'Bonnie and Clyde' (1967) and announced a renaissance in American cinema.

Author: Peter Kramer

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1904764584

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 129

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In 1967, Time Magazine's cover featured 'Bonnie and Clyde' (1967) and announced a renaissance in American cinema. The author looks at the influence this generation had on Hollywood at the time, not only in the aesthetics and politics of the films, but also the changes in the studio system.
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Hollywood

Author: Peter Decherney

Publisher: Universale paperbacks Il Mulino

ISBN: 8815270590

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 158

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France Hollywood

Cet ouvrage contribue à l'étude des relations cinématographiques franco-américaines en privilégiant l'examen de différents types d'allers et retours entre les deux continents : comment se passe la circulation des personnes, acteurs ou ...

Author: Martin Barnier

Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan

ISBN: 9782747527927

Category: Cinéma américain - France - Congrès

Page: 230

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Cet ouvrage contribue à l'étude des relations cinématographiques franco-américaines en privilégiant l'examen de différents types d'allers et retours entre les deux continents : comment se passe la circulation des personnes, acteurs ou réalisateurs, des scénarios, des genres ou des films entre la France et Hollywood ? Quels sont les effets idéologiques, politiques et culturels de ces échanges sur la perception des identités nationales ? Les contributions de chercheurs français et américains réunies ici soulignent l'ambivalence fondamentale de ces allers et retours : des tentatives d'implantation des firmes françaises aux États-Unis aux remakes américains de films français, de la résistance française aux importations américaines dans les années 1920 à la réception problématique des Sentiers de la Gloire en France, des comptes-rendus des séjours des stars françaises à Hollywood dans la presse française à la mise en scène de la mode parisienne dans le cinéma américain d'après-guerre, tous les phénomènes abordés dans cet ouvrage trahissent, suivant les époques, mais parfois aussi de façon concomitante, une exacerbation des tensions identitaires et/ou des jeux d'influences entre les deux cinématographies.
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The Film Crew of Hollywood

A celebratory insiders' look at the Tinseltown machine, the book utilizes individual interviews and rare crew photographs to provide the back story of production challenges and solutions for some of the world's most recognized movies, ...

Author: James C. Udel

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786464845

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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This is a compilation of interviews with motion picture crew members who worked during Hollywood's Independent Age of film and television production--basically from 1945 to 1980. A celebratory insiders' look at the Tinseltown machine, the project utilizes individual interviews, with rare crew photographs to provide the back story of production challenges and solutions for some of the world's most recognized movies. The Searchers, Chinatown, The Hustler, and Bullitt (to name a few) were done by the various people included in this book. It provides not only an educational treatment of the jobs and techniques of film making but also a dose of humorous and memorable experiences from the trenches. This book was compiled by a production hand with 30 years in the biz and is full of classic Hollywood fare.
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Classic Hollywood

Studies of "Classic Hollywood" typically treat Hollywood films released from 1930 to 1960 as a single interpretive mass. Veronica Pravadelli complicates this idea.

Author: Veronica Pravadelli

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252096730

Category: Performing Arts

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Studies of "Classic Hollywood" typically treat Hollywood films released from 1930 to 1960 as a single interpretive mass. Veronica Pravadelli complicates this idea. Focusing on dominant tendencies in box office hits and Oscar-recognized classics, she breaks down the so-called classic period into six distinct phases that follow Hollywood's amazingly diverse offerings from the emancipated females of the "Transition Era" and the traditional men and women of the conservative 1930s that replaced it to the fantastical Fifties movie musicals that arose after anti-classic genres like film noir and women's films. Pravadelli sets her analysis apart by paying particular attention to the gendered desires and identities exemplified in the films. Availing herself of the significant advances in film theory and modernity studies that have taken place since similar surveys first saw publication, she views Hollywood through strategies as varied as close textural analysis, feminism, psychoanalysis, film style and study of cinematic imagery, revealing the inconsistencies and antithetical traits lurking beneath Classic Hollywood's supposed transparency.
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Dark History of Hollywood

Intensively researched and superbly entertaining, Dark History of Hollywood reveals that the stories behind the silver screen are at least as gripping as many of those on it.

Author: Kieron Connolly

Publisher: Amber Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781782741770

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul." – Marilyn Monroe It is over 100 years since Hollywood became the centre of American cinema and, while it has always presented itself as a place of glamour and home to the beautiful and talented, from its very creation there was a darker side to Tinseltown. Film-makers didn’t just move to southern California for its sunny weather, they went West to evade the patent laws restricting the use of movie cameras. From its earliest days, Hollywood, the home of fantasy, created a hothouse of excess – too much money, too much adulation, too much expectation and too much ego. Some actors would trade sex in the, often vain, hope of career advancement, mobsters muscled in on the unions and extorted the studios, while the accountants appear to be among Hollywood’s most creative people, managing to ensure that even the Star Wars films haven’t yet shown a profit. But while stars have always been indulged, once their moment in the limelight has passed, their fall can be cruel. From the setting up of the studios by the movie moguls to the corporations that run them today, from drug addictions to McCarthy-era witch-hunts to the Mob, Dark History of Hollywood is the story of sex and excess, murder and suicide, ambition and betrayal, and how money can make almost everyone compromise. Intensively researched and superbly entertaining, Dark History of Hollywood reveals that the stories behind the silver screen are at least as gripping as many of those on it.
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Jesus of Hollywood

As the story of Jesus continues to capture the imagination of filmmakers and moviegoers, he remains as significant a cultural figure today as he was 2000 years ago.

Author: Adele Reinhartz

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: UOM:39015067660459

Category: Performing Arts

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Since the advent of the cinema, Jesus has frequently appeared in our movie houses and on our television screens. Indeed, it may well be that more people worldwide know about Jesus and his life story from the movies than from any other medium. Indeed, Jesus' story has been adapted dozens of times throughout the history of commercial cinema, from the 1912 silent From the Manger to the Cross to Mel Gibson's 2004 The Passion of the Christ. No doubt there are more to come.Drawing on a broad range of movies, biblical scholar Adele Reinhartz traces the way in which Jesus of Nazareth has become Jesus of Hollywood. She argues that Jesus films both reflect and influence cultural perceptions of Jesus and the other figures in his story. She focuses on the cinematic interpretation of Jesus' relationships with the key people in his life: his family, his friends, and his foes. She examines how these films address theological issues, such as Jesus' identity as both human and divine, political issues, such as the role of the individual in society and the possibility of freedom under political oppression, social issues, such as gender roles and hierarchies, and personal issues, such as the nature of friendship and human sexuality.Reinhartz's study of Jesus' celluloid incarnations shows how Jesus movies reshape the past in the image of the present. Despite society's profound interest in Jesus as a religious and historical figure, Jesus movies are fascinating not as history but as mirrors of the concerns, anxieties, and values of our own era. As the story of Jesus continues to capture the imagination of filmmakers and moviegoers, he remains as significant a cultural figure today as he was 2000 years ago.
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The Composer in Hollywood

Christopher Palmer discusses the life and work of eleven great Hollywood composers -- Steiner, Korngold, Newman, Waxman, Tiomkin, Webb, Rozsa, Herrmann, North, Bernstein, and Rosenman -- analyzing the scores of many well-known films.

Author: Christopher Palmer

Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers

ISBN: STANFORD:36105042281332

Category: Music

Page: 346

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Christopher Palmer discusses the life and work of eleven great Hollywood composers -- Steiner, Korngold, Newman, Waxman, Tiomkin, Webb, Rozsa, Herrmann, North, Bernstein, and Rosenman -- analyzing the scores of many well-known films. Each chapter is written in clear non-technical language for the general reader as well as film and music enthusiasts.
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Hollywood

Follows the career of Caroline Sanford, a brilliant and beautiful newspaper publisher who leaves Washington to become a Hollywood producer and movie star

Author: Gore Vidal

Publisher:

ISBN: 0345370139

Category: Fiction

Page: 419

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Follows the career of Caroline Sanford, a brilliant and beautiful newspaper publisher who leaves Washington to become a Hollywood producer and movie star
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Hollywood Drive

Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry is the essential guide to starting and succeeding at a career in film and TV. The completely updated second edition features new interviews with ...

Author: Eve Light Honthaner

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351866842

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 420

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Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry is the essential guide to starting and succeeding at a career in film and TV. The completely updated second edition features new interviews with industry professionals, information about the changing social media landscape, the wide array of distribution platforms that are available to aspiring filmmakers, and much more. Honthaner's invaluable experience and advice give those attempting to enter and become successful in the entertainment industry the edge they need to stand out among the intense competition. Hollywood Drive explores the realities of the industry: various career options, effective job search strategies, how to write an effective cover letter and resume, what to expect on your first job, the significance of networking and building solid industry relationships, how a project is sold, and how a production office and set operate. You'll learn how to define your goals and make a plan to achieve them, how to survive the tough times, how to deal with big egos and bad tempers, and how to put your passion to work for you. Although no book or class can totally prepare you for a career in the entertainment industry, Hollywood Drive offers insights, direction, and a sense of confidence.
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The Elephant to Hollywood

Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act When he was in his late fifties, Michael Caine believed his glamorous, rags-to-riches ...

Author: Michael Caine

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 0312604343

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act When he was in his late fifties, Michael Caine believed his glamorous, rags-to-riches Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. When one script really disappointed, he called the producer to complain about the part. The producer said, "No, no, we don't want you for the lover, we want you for the father." Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was not only an incredible personal transformation but also one of the most radical comebacks in film history. Learning to accept his new role both on camera and in his own life, Caine went on to win his second Oscar, be knighted by the queen, and deliver some of his best performances to date. Now he shares the spectacular story of his life, from his humble upbringing in London's poverty-stricken Elephant and Castle, his military service, touching marriage and family life, and lively adventures with friends, to legendary meetings with fellow stars, forays as a restaurateur, and hilarious off-screen encounters from his glittering five-decade career. Caine brings his gift for storytelling and his insider's view to a tale that is funny, warm, and deeply honest.
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