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 motion pictures a yr. One decade and 5 thousand video clips later, the studios have been faltering. The 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 the various enterprise practices that had made the studio approach so profitable.
In this masterful paintings of cultural background, the mythical Otto Friedrich tells the tale of Hollywood's heyday and decline in a bright narrative that includes an all-star forged of the actors, writers, musicians, composers, manufacturers, administrators, racketeers, hard work leaders, reporters, and politicians who performed significant components within the motion picture capital throughout the turbulent decade from global warfare II to the Korean War.
Friedrich attracts on assets from famous person biographies to trade-union historical past, mingling vigorous gossip with research of Hollywood's seedier company dealings and telling the tales of mythical video clips corresponding to Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and All approximately Eve.
A vintage portrait of a unique position in a different time, urban of Nets supplies us a unique 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