Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood

Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood

by Wheeler Winston Dixon
     
 

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Death of the Moguls is a detailed assessment of the last days of the “rulers of film” from Hollywood’s classical era, covering 20th Century-Fox, Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Republic Pictures, Monogram Pictures and Columbia Pictures.

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Death of the Moguls is a detailed assessment of the last days of the “rulers of film” from Hollywood’s classical era, covering 20th Century-Fox, Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Republic Pictures, Monogram Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Using rare, behind-the-scenes stills, Wheeler Winston Dixon details such game-changing factors as the de Havilland decision, the Consent Decree, how the moguls dealt with their collapsing empires in the era of television, and the end of the conventional studio assembly line to create a compelling narrative of the end of the studio system at each of the Hollywood majors.

Editorial Reviews

Brock University

"In this accessible and engaging history of the moguls who made the studios successful through sheer force of personality, Dixon does a terrific job of getting inside the heads of the bosses who built their studios into major entertainment factories." 

— Barry Keith Grant

Wayne State University

"In this book, written with his usual critical acumen, Wheeler Winston Dixon gives a lucid and penetrating account of the men who ran the old Hollywood studio system and of the ultimate decline and fall of their empires."
— Steven Shaviro

Brock University - Barry Keith Grant

"In this accessible and engaging history of the moguls who made the studios successful through sheer force of personality, Dixon does a terrific job of getting inside the heads of the bosses who built their studios into major entertainment factories." 
Wayne State University - Steven Shaviro

"In this book, written with his usual critical acumen, Wheeler Winston Dixon gives a lucid and penetrating account of the men who ran the old Hollywood studio system and of the ultimate decline and fall of their empires."
Film Criticism

"Death of the Moguls is an immensely readable, deeply informed survey of a mythic moment in American moviemaking."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813553788
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Techniques of the Moving Image
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
814,202
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


WHEELER WINSTON DIXON is the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His many books include 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation (co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster), A History of Horror, and Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia (all Rutgers University Press).

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