CIty of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's

CIty of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's

Otto Friedrich


In 1939, fifty million american citizens went to the flicks a week, Louis B. Mayer used to be the highest-paid guy within the kingdom, and Hollywood produced 530 characteristic motion pictures a yr. One decade and 5 thousand videos 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 top expertise, whereas a 1948 antitrust consent decree ended a number of the enterprise 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 brilliant narrative that includes an all-star forged of the actors, writers, musicians, composers, manufacturers, administrators, racketeers, exertions leaders, reporters, and politicians who performed significant elements within the motion picture capital throughout the turbulent decade from global struggle II to the Korean War.

Friedrich attracts on assets from big name biographies to trade-union background, mingling full of life gossip with research of Hollywood's seedier enterprise dealings and telling the tales of mythical video clips resembling Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and All approximately Eve.

A vintage portrait of a unique position in a unique 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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