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The whole equation : a history of Hollywood

Author: David Thomson
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A history of the Hollywood film industry explores the ways in which movies, both shape and are shaped by American culture, discusses the contributions of film pioneers, and profiles Hollywood's leading citizens. A magnificent history of Hollywood from the invention of film to the present day, by the everywhere acclaimed David Thomson, who has established himself as the greatest living film critic and historian, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thomson, David, 1941-
Whole equation.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
(OCoLC)609773837
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomson
ISBN: 0375400168 9780375400162
OCLC Number: 54966470
Description: x, 402 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The gamble and the lost rights --
Mayer and Thalberg --
The place --
To be in an audience --
Charlie --
By a nose --
The man in the hat ... a woman in gloves --
Stroheim and seeing money --
The frenzy on the wall --
Respect --
At the paradise --
The factory --
Viable business --
Golden? --
Divorce, Hollywood style --
Our town --
The darkness and the light --
In a lonely place --
"What is cinema?" --
A film we can't refuse --
Right before your eyes --
That's all, folks?
Responsibility: David Thomson.
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A history of the Hollywood film industry explores the ways in which movies, both shape and are shaped by American culture, discusses the contributions of film pioneers, and profiles Hollywood's leading citizens. A magnificent history of Hollywood from the invention of film to the present day, by the everywhere acclaimed David Thomson, who has established himself as the greatest living film critic and historian, the Atlantic Monthly, irreplaceable, the New York Times, and simply the best writer about the movies, San Francisco Chronicle. Now we have his master work, the Whole Equation, which, in his own words, embraces the murder and the majesty, the business statistics and millions of us being moved, the art and the awfulness. It accommodates the artistic careers, the lives of the pirates, the ebb and flow of business, the sociological impact in short, the wonder in the dark, the calculation in the offices, and the staggering impact on America of moving pictures, which is also the thunderous artillery of America unleashed on the world. Thomson tells us how D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin created the first movies of mass appeal. He writes about Louis B. Mayer, who understood the whole equation and reaped the profits. He shows us how David O. Selznick exemplified the vanity and passion that gets memorable movies made; how the movies, offering a sense of common experience, helped Americans through the difficult years of the 1930s and '40s; how and why the quest for the blockbuster changed the industry. He examines the films of Capra, Wilder, Hitchcock, and Spielberg; of Gable, Cagney, Monroe, Crawford, Brando, Bogart, Nicholson, and Kidman; of Irving Thalberg, Lew Wasserman, Harvey Weinstein and scores more. He considers noir films, the blacklist, agents, method acting. He tells us the stories behind the Godfather, Chinatown, and Jaws. And he follows the money, a trip essential to understanding Hollywood at its most thrilling and most disappointing. David Thomson has given us a one volume history of Hollywood that is as well one of the most brilliant, most insightful, entertaining, and illuminating books ever written on American film.

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