Twentieth Century-Fox

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Overview

New in Paperback! In 1935, two film production companies merged to form one of the most influential corporations in the world—Twentieth Century-Fox. Here is the story of that dynamic company and of the personalities who molded it over the past fifty years, from Darryl F. Zanuk to Barry Diller. Unlike any previous volume on a film studio, this in-depth history is told from a corporate viewpoint, covering the trends that influenced film-making, profit-making incentives, and the creative policies resulting in films like The Grapes of Wrath, the Snake Pit, The Robe, Cleopatra, The Towering Inferno, and Star Wars. The book spans the birth of the movies; the rise of the studio system; the coming of sound; the Consent Decrees; the development of CinemaScope; the growth of independent production; and the video revolution. The result is an inside view of how the studio operated, with information never before published on the costs and grosses of films, as well as exclusive interviews and memos. Available in paperback 2001. Cloth version previously published in 1988.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
...flavorful sampling of the memoranda of productions chief Darryl Zanuck....
Film Review Annual
The tale of its triumphs and disasters is told in this book with admirable clarity and spirit...
Incite
...a fascinating, and continuing, saga.
Variety
...a good history...a thorough and professional job.
Booknews
In this first paperback edition, Solomon, a screenwriter/story editor who co-authored and produced the television show , reruns his history of management in the boom and bust years of this major motion picture company. Includes a photo of founder/producer Darryl F. Zanuck; the introduction to the original edition; and data on the studio's hit movies, film rentals, and production costs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810842441
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1988
  • Series: The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #20
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrey Solomon has been an active television writer/story editor and also produced the Twentieth Century-Fox television show That's Hollywood.

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