By Otto Friedrich
In 1939, fifty million americans went to the flicks a week, Louis B. Mayer used to be the highest-paid guy within the state, 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 some of the company practices that had made the studio procedure 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 shiny 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 throughout the turbulent decade from international struggle II to the Korean War.
Friedrich attracts on resources from megastar biographies to trade-union historical past, mingling vigorous gossip with research of Hollywood's seedier enterprise dealings and telling the tales of mythical video clips akin to Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and All approximately Eve.
A vintage portrait of a distinct position in a distinct time, City of Nets offers us a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse right into a bygone period that also captivates our imaginations.
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