The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies

The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies

by Ethan Mordden, Barrett Whitener
     
 

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Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and

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Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles? These are the questions Ethan Mordden answers, with breezy erudition and irrepressible enthusiasm, in this fascinating and wonderfully readable book. Mordden illuminates how the style of each studio was primarily dictated by the personality, philosophy, and attitudes of its presiding mogul—and how all these factors affected the work and careers of individual actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and the success of the studio in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441707383
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
07/20/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
10
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

ETHAN MORDDEN has written extensively for the New Yorker and the New York Times. Besides non-fiction on theatre, music, and film, he is the author of the Buddies cycle of short stories. The stories, adapted for the stage by Scott Edward Smith as Buddies, played an engagement at the Celebration Theater in Los Angeles. His most recent novel is The Jewcatcher, a savage black-comic fantasy on life in Nazi Germany.

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the Audio Publishers Association's Audie® and four Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has cited him as among "The Best Voices of the Century." He lives in Washington, D.C.

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