The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies

By Ethan Mordden
Read by Barrett Whitener

12.43 Hours 12/01/1997 unabridged
Format:
  • Regular Price: $22.95

    Special Price $18.36

    or 1 Credit

    ISBN: 9781455173785

    $12.99 With Membership: Learn More
  • $6.95

    ISBN: 9781482112627

  • $32.95

    ISBN: 9781441707406

  • $29.95

    ISBN: 9781441707413

Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, “growing up” in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles? These are the questions Ethan Mordden answers, with breezy erudition and irrepressible enthusiasm, in this fascinating and wonderfully readable book. Mordden illuminates how the style of each studio was primarily dictated by the personality, philosophy, and attitudes of its presiding mogul—and how all these factors affected the work and careers of individual actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and the success of the studio in general.

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, “growing up” in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles? These are the questions Ethan Mordden answers, with breezy erudition and irrepressible enthusiasm, in this fascinating and wonderfully readable book. Mordden illuminates how the style of each studio was primarily dictated by the personality, philosophy, and attitudes of its presiding mogul—and how all these factors affected the work and careers of individual actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and the success of the studio in general.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book also brings forth a strange nostalgia—not for the films...but for the era.”
“Entertaining, informative…Written with a flair and clarity that will delight even the casual movie lover, this study is a refreshing and convincing alternative to the auteurist approach to film history.” Publishers Weekly
“Much film writing is either sappy or esoteric, but this book is accessible, well written, humorous, and informed. Barrett Whitener is brisk and crisp—as always, a delight to listen to.” AudioFile
“Written with wit by an expert, this book gives more insight and perspective to the rise of the studios than such books as John Douglas Eames’ The Paramount Story. Recommended for all film collections.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Ethan Mordden

Ethan Mordden has written extensively for the New Yorker and the New York Times. Besides nonfiction on theatre, music, and film, he is the author of the Buddies cycle of short stories. The stories, adapted for the stage by Scott Edward Smith as Buddies, played an engagement at the Celebration Theater in Los Angeles. His most recent novel is The Jewcatcher, a savage black-comic fantasy on life in Nazi Germany.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 12.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English