The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution, 1926–1930

By Scott Eyman
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13.65 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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It was the end of an era—it was a turbulent, colorful, and altogether remarkable period, four short years in which America’s most popular industry reinvented itself. Here is the epic story of the transition from silent films to talkies, that moment when movies were totally transformed and the American public cemented its love affair with Hollywood. As Scott Eyman demonstrates in his fascinating account of this exciting era, it was a time when fortunes, careers, and lives were made and lost, and when the American film industry came fully into its own. In this mixture of cultural and social history that is both scholarly and vastly entertaining, Eyman dispels the myths and gives us the missing chapter in the history of Hollywood—the ribbon of dreams by which America conquered the world.

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Summary

Summary

It was the end of an era—it was a turbulent, colorful, and altogether remarkable period, four short years in which America’s most popular industry reinvented itself.

Here is the epic story of the transition from silent films to talkies, that moment when movies were totally transformed and the American public cemented its love affair with Hollywood. As Scott Eyman demonstrates in his fascinating account of this exciting era, it was a time when fortunes, careers, and lives were made and lost, and when the American film industry came fully into its own.

In this mixture of cultural and social history that is both scholarly and vastly entertaining, Eyman dispels the myths and gives us the missing chapter in the history of Hollywood—the ribbon of dreams by which America conquered the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Anyone with an interest in accurate film history or a desire to know what really happened in the era of the transition to sound would enjoy this book. You ain’t read nothing like it yet.” Washington Post
“Eyman combines a historian’s zeal for detail and context with a storyteller’s talent for the perfect illustrative anecdote…A remarkable book that belongs in every film history collection.” Library Journal
“Eyman captures the tenor and the terror of the times…A fascinating account of what Eyman terms ‘the destruction of one great art and the creation of another.’” Booklist
“Eyman is particularly good at conveying the beauty of the fully developed art that was silent cinema…Eyman tells this story with wit and skill, detailing a surprisingly overlooked but crucial period in Hollywood history.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Scott Eyman

Scott Eyman is the books editor for the Palm Beach Post. He is the author of books on Mary Pickford, Ernst Lubitsch, and John Ford, among other books. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 13.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English