Whole Equation A History of Hollywood

ISBN-10: 0375701540
ISBN-13: 9780375701542
Edition: 2006
Authors: David Thomson
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

With the same style and insight he brought to his previous studies of American cinema, acclaimed critic David Thomson masterfully evokes the history of America's love affair with the movies and the tangled history of Hollywood in "The Whole Equation." Thomson takes us from D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and the first movies of mass appeal to Louis B. Mayer, who understood what movies meant to America-and reaped the profits. From Capra to Kidman and Hitchcock to Nicholson, Thomson examines the passion, vanity, calculation and gossip of Hollywood and the films it has given us. This one-volume history is a brilliant and illuminating overview of "the wonder in the dark"-and the staggering impact Hollywood and its films has had on American culture.

David Thomson, author of“Have You Seen . . . ?”andThe New Biographical Dictionary of Film, is a regular contributor toThe Guardian,The Independent, The New York Times, Movieline, The New Republic,andSalon.He lives in San Francisco. From the Hardcover edition.

The Gamble and the Lost Rights
Mayer and Thalberg
The Place
To Be in an Audience
Charlie
By a Nose
The Man in the Hat ... A Woman in Gloves
Stroheim and Seeing Money
The Frenzy on the Wall
Respect
At the Paradise
The Factory
Viable Business
Golden?
Divorce, Hollywood Style
Our Town
The Darkness and the Light
In a Lonely Place
"What is Cinema?"
A Film We Can't Refuse
Right Before Your Eyes
That's All, Folks?
Notes on Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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