By Otto Friedrich
In 1939, fifty million americans went to the films a week, Louis B. Mayer was once the highest-paid guy within the kingdom, and Hollywood produced 530 characteristic movies a 12 months. One decade and 5 thousand videos later, the studios have been faltering. The Nineteen Forties grew to become the last decade of Hollywood's decline: anticommunist hysteria excommunicated a few of its most sensible expertise, whereas a 1948 antitrust consent decree ended some of the company practices that had made the studio approach so profitable.
In this masterful paintings of cultural historical past, the mythical Otto Friedrich tells the tale of Hollywood's heyday and decline in a bright narrative that includes an all-star solid of the actors, writers, musicians, composers, manufacturers, administrators, racketeers, hard work leaders, newshounds, and politicians who performed significant elements within the motion picture capital through the turbulent decade from international conflict II to the Korean War.
Friedrich attracts on assets from superstar biographies to trade-union background, mingling full of life gossip with research of Hollywood's seedier company dealings and telling the tales of mythical video clips comparable to Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and All approximately Eve.
A vintage portrait of a different position in a distinct time, urban of Nets supplies us a novel behind-the-scenes glimpse right into a bygone period that also captivates our imaginations.
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City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's by Otto Friedrich