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Beneath Mulholland : thoughts on Hollywood and its ghosts

Author: David Thomson
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997.
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Beneath Mulholland is rich in its understanding of Hollywood, laced with irony, thoroughly provocative and brilliantly creative. There is also a steady fascination with love, sex, death, voyeurism, money and glory, all the preoccupations of Los Angeles - or of that movie L.A. whose initials, Thomson says, stand for Lies Allowed.
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Thomson, David, 1941-
Beneath Mulholland.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997
(OCoLC)605236446
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomson
ISBN: 0679451153 9780679451150
OCLC Number: 36446795
Notes: Collected essays.
Description: xiv, 268 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 20 Things People Like to Forget about Hollywood --
Beneath Mulholland --
Educated Archie --
Garbo at 75 --
The Lives of Stars --
James Dean at 50 --
The Shortsighted Voyeur --
Driving in a Back Projection --
The Towne --
Not Available for Interview --
Perkins Cobb --
Suspects --
Big Bend Story --
Gone Away --
How People Die in Movies --
Ask the Anaconda --
Beyond Hara-Kiri --
Follow the Money --
The Technical Sense of Money --
Happiness --
The Blue in the Air.
Responsibility: David Thomson.
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Beneath Mulholland is rich in its understanding of Hollywood, laced with irony, thoroughly provocative and brilliantly creative. There is also a steady fascination with love, sex, death, voyeurism, money and glory, all the preoccupations of Los Angeles - or of that movie L.A. whose initials, Thomson says, stand for Lies Allowed.

He writes about James Stewart in Vertigo, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, Cary Grant ("Having fun, perched somewhere between skill and exhilaration, Grant is both the deft director of the circus and a kid in love with the show"), Greta Garbo ("She knows that she is a latent force that works in the minds of audiences she will never meet") and about stardom in general: "The star is adored but not liked: that is the consequence of a religious respect that enjoys no ordinary relations with the object of its desire.".

Entering another dimension, we meet James Dean at age 50 - he survived the car crash - and discover how his career developed (and how it affected Paul Newman's). We see what happened to Tony Manero (John Travolta) after Saturday Night Fever ended and how Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) moved on when The Fabulous Baker Boys was over. We are given a rollicking but instructive version of how Sony learned to live and die Hollywood. We learn the 20 Things People Like to Forget About Hollywood ("All People in Hollywood Are Dysfunctional" is the first). And there is insight into How People Die in Movies - "the empire of bang bang."

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