Friedrich drew on his voluminous reading of everything from celebrity bios to trade-union history to create a unique synthesis that, for a change, depicts Tinseltown not as a dreamland floating above American reality, but as a city subject, like any other, to economic and political forces.
Friedrich mingles enjoyable gossip with hardheaded analysis of Hollywood's often unsavory industrial underpinnings, including studio heads' willingness to rely on gun-wielding gangsters to solve their labor problems. There's no other movie book quite like it; Rita Hayworth's divorce proceedings against Orson Welles follow hard on the heels of a gruesomely detailed description of Bugsy Siegel's execution. The '40s were the decade of Hollywood's decline: a blacklist prompted by anticommunist hysteria shut out some of its best talent, while a antitrust consent decree ended many of the business practices that made the studio system so profitable.
City of Nets by Otto Friedrich - Paperback - University of California Press
Friedrich's brilliantly selective use of colorful anecdotes and revealing details perfectly captures a decaying, but still glamorous, culture. This dazzling story of Hollywood during the s is a social and cultural history of the movie capital's golden age.
Its cast includes actors, writers, musicians and composers, producers and directors, racketeers and labor leaders, journalists and politicians in the turbulent decade from World War II to Korea. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Compare all 5 new copies.
City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's
Condition: New. More information about this seller Contact this seller. Never used!. Seller Inventory P Seller Inventory M Seller Inventory NEW Ships with Tracking Number! One decade and five thousand movies later, the studios were faltering. The s became the decade of Hollywood's decline: anticommunist hysteria excommunicated some of its best talent, while a antitrust consent decree ended many of the business practices that had made the studio system so profitable.
In this masterful work of cultural history, the legendary Otto Friedrich tells the story of Hollywood's heyday and decline in a vivid narrative featuring an all-star cast of the actors, writers, musicians, composers, producers, directors, racketeers, labor leaders, journalists, and politicians who played major parts in the movie capital during the turbulent decade from World War II to the Korean War.
Friedrich draws on sources from celebrity biographies to trade-union history, mingling lively gossip with analysis of Hollywood's seedier business dealings and telling the stories of legendary movies such as Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and All About Eve.
A classic portrait of a special place in a special time, City of Nets gives us a singular behind-the-scenes glimpse into a bygone era that still captivates our imaginations. Review quote "A 'City of Nets' is what Mr. Friedrich calls Hollywood in the title of his new social history Friedrich's intelligent prose makes for fascinating reading.
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