Exiles in Hollywood
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Description: 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.
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List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 7/1/2006
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|