Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood

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" ""Far and away the best film book published so far this year.""--National Board of Review Cecil B. DeMille was the most successful filmmaker in early Hollywood history. Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood is a detailed and definitive chronicle of the screen work that changed the course of film history and a fascinating look at how movies were actually made in Hollywood's Golden Age. Drawing extensively on DeMille's personal archives and other primary sources, Robert S. Birchard offers a revealing portrait of DeMille the filmmaker that goes behind

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Overview

" ""Far and away the best film book published so far this year.""--National Board of Review Cecil B. DeMille was the most successful filmmaker in early Hollywood history. Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood is a detailed and definitive chronicle of the screen work that changed the course of film history and a fascinating look at how movies were actually made in Hollywood's Golden Age. Drawing extensively on DeMille's personal archives and other primary sources, Robert S. Birchard offers a revealing portrait of DeMille the filmmaker that goes behind studio gates and beyond DeMille's legendary persona. In his forty-five-year career DeMille's box-office record was unsurpassed, and his swaggering style established the public image for movie directors. DeMille had a profound impact on the way movies tell stories and brought greater attention to the elements of decor, lighting, and cinematography. Best remembered today for screen spectacles such as The Ten Commandments and Samson and Delilah, DeMille also created Westerns, realistic "chamber dramas," and a series of daring and highly influential social comedies. He set the standard for Hollywood filmmakers and demanded absolute devotion to his creative vision from his writers, artists, actors, and technicians.

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"Finalist for the 2005 Theater Library Association Award." --

"Hollywood Heritage Newsletter Birchard, an award-winning film editor and historian, provides 70 short essays focusing on the films made by DeMille during his five decades in Hollywood.... Will make a welcome addition to film history libraries." -- Journal of the West

"It's a fascinating insight into the inner workings of DeMille's seventy films with such a wealth of evidence and the kind of precision that gives the reader real confidence in the trustworthiness of what they are being told. And whilst no-one will ever be able to capture everything about Cecil Blount DeMille within the pages of a mere book, "Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood" is certainly an admirable attempt." -- Bible Films Blog

"It's a fascinating insight into the inner workings of DeMille's seventy films with such a wealth of evidence and the kind of precision that gives the reader real confidence in the trustworthiness of what they are being told." -- biblefilms.blogspot.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813123240
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 6/29/2004
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 798,925
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Squaw Man 1
2 The Virginian 14
3 The cell of the north 19
4 What's-his-name 23
5 The man from home 27
6 The rose of the Rancho 30
7 The girl of the golden west 34
8 The Warrens of Virginia 37
9 The unafraid 41
10 The captive 44
11 The wild goose chase 47
12 The Arab 50
13 Chimmie Fadden 52
14 Kindling 54
15 Maria Rosa 57
16 Carmen 60
17 Temptation 64
18 Chimmie Fadden out west 66
19 The cheat 68
20 The golden chance 71
21 The trail of the lonesome pine 76
22 The heart of Nora Flynn 79
23 The dream girl 82
24 Joan the woman 90
25 A romance of the redwoods 103
26 The little American 107
27 The woman God forgot 112
28 The devil stone 116
29 The whispering chorus 118
30 Old wives for new 121
31 We can't have everything 125
32 Till I come back to you 127
33 The Squaw Man (first remake) 131
34 Don't change your husband 135
35 For better, for worse 138
36 Male and female 144
37 Why change your wife? 150
38 Something to think about 155
39 Forbidden fruit 158
40 The affairs of Anatol 162
41 Fool's paradise 165
42 Saturday night 169
43 Manslaughter 172
44 Adam's rib 175
45 The Ten Commandments 178
46 Triumph 190
47 Feet of clay 194
48 The golden bed 197
49 The road to yesterday 200
50 The Volga boatman 210
51 The king of kings 216
52 The godless girl 227
53 Dynamite 234
54 Madam Satan 241
55 The Squaw Man (second remake) 248
56 The sign of the cross 251
57 The day and age 261
58 Four frightened people 267
59 Cleopatra 275
60 The crusades 283
61 The plainsman 293
62 The buccaneer 299
63 Union pacific 306
64 North West mounted police 312
65 Reap the wild wind 316
66 The story of Dr. Wassell 323
67 Unconquered 329
68 Samson and Delilah 334
69 The greatest show on earth 341
70 The Ten Commandments 351
App. A DeMille Pictures, Inc. costs and grosses 365
App. B Other Cecil B. DeMille film credits 369
App. C Unrealized projects 371
App. D Film appearances by Cecil B. DeMille 373
Notes 377
Bibliography 405
Index 407
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    Fantastic book on an often over-looked director

    Mention Cecil B. DeMille to many serious film fans, and they might snicker. DeMille has a reputation for corny, big-budget epics like THE TEN COMMANDMENTS or THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. DeMille also has a reputation as a dictatorial director whose politics were extremely conservative. DeMille was not really that simple of a person. He made some very personal films, some really entertaining films, and even some daring films for the time. Although he was politically conservative, several of his films preached the dangers of religious intolerance. His battle with the Radio performer's union was a matter of principle, and not money. And while the stereotypical Hollywood director was modeled on him, part of it was an act. DeMille had a great respect for his actors, as long as they were professional. DeMille also had a sense of humor, as some of his cameo appearances in films show. Robert Birchard has assembled an incredible history of DeMille's film and radio work. DeMille was around during the birth of Paramount in 1915, and he was still a successful director all of the way through the 1950s. Using DeMille's original papers, telegrams from studio moguls like Jesse Lasky, and other direct sources of information. You will read about DeMille's struggles with technical issues like poorly perforated film stock, cameramen, good and difficult actors, and pressure from management to get his films completed on time and under budget. Mr. Birchard has viewed all of DeMille's films that still exist, and he gives a candid review of all of them. The book also contains very detailed cast and crew listings, a list of DeMille's many cameo appearances, and everything is painstakingly documented in the end notes. I can guarantee you that after reading this book, you will be very tempted to rent or buy a Cecil B. DeMille film and rediscover this master director yourself.

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