Exiles in Hollywood

ISBN-10: 0879103299
ISBN-13: 9780879103293
Edition: 2006
Authors: David Wallace
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 7/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Fleeing Nazi persecution, half of Europe's creative talents, including screen legend Greta Garbo and composer Igor Stravinsky, were, in Arnold Schoenberg's words, "driven into paradise," settling in Los Angeles. It was the greatest flight of European cultural and intellectual talent in history, and for a time made Los Angeles a cultural capital. Their presence, enabling the evolution of film noir, also changed American movies forever. In Exiles in Hollywood, David Wallace, author of the national bestseller Lost Hollywood and whom columnist Liz Smith has called "the maestro of entertainment history," tells their dramatic stories. His profiles of refugees include filmmaker Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Nobel Prize-winning writer Thomas Mann, the screenwriter Salka Viertel and her controversial relationship with Greta Garbo, the deeply conflicted actor Charles Laughton, and many more. The result is a rich, page-turning look at an era, its triumphs and tragedies, its gossip and hidden facts, and its colorful personalities.

Film noir goes mainstream : the genius of Billy Wilder
The catalyst : Salka Viertel
The monocled aristocrat : Fritz Lang
The "muse to genius" : Alma Mahler
The master of mystery : Alfred Hitchcock
The odd man out : Bertolt Brecht
The pacifists : Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood
The dictatorial innovator : Otto Preminger
The writers : Thomas Mann and Lion Feuchtwanger
The conductors : Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer
Russia in Hollywood : Igor Stravinsky
The reclusive violin genius : Jascha Heifetz
Film music : Sergei Rachmaninoff and Erich Korngold
Hollywood's legendary odd couple : Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester
The architects : Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler
The theatre's genius : Max Reinhardt
The modernist musicians : Arnold Schoenberg, Eric Zeisl, Ernst Krenek, and Ernst Toch
The French arrive : Jean Renoir, Rene Clair, and Max Ophuls
Porn star, Hollywood legend, and inventor : the unlikely career of Hedy Lamarr
The Casablanca connection : Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, and Paul Henreid

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