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Hollywood: The Oral History

Jeanine Basinger

From the archives of the American Film Institute comes a unique picture of what it was like to work in Hollywood from its beginnings to its present day.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571366958
Date Published
01.02.2024
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Summary

‘Essential . . . thrilling . . . invaluable.’ Irish Times

‘Absorbing . . . rippling with fun and atmosphere.’ Sight & Sound

‘Hollywood’s ultimate oral history.’ New Yorker

The greatest conversation in the history of Hollywood.

From the archives of the American Film Institute comes a unique picture of what it was like to work in Hollywood from its beginnings to its present day. Hollywood: The Oral History, lets a reader ‘listen in’ on candid remarks from the biggest names in front of the camera – Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda, Harold Lloyd – the biggest behind it – Frank Capra, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Jordan Peele, as well as the musicians, writers, sound men, editors, make-up artists, and even script timers, messengers, and publicists who shaped what was heard and seen on screen.

Legendary film scholar Jeanine Basinger and New York Times bestselling author Sam Wasson have undertaken the monumental task of weaving these thousands of hours of talk into a conversation that is lively, funny, insightful, historically accurate and authentically honest in its portrait of workaday Hollywood.

Critic Reviews

Fascinating in all the ways you might expect and some you wouldn’t . . . the revelations keep coming.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

A hard book to put down . . . The collected testimony of witnesses is inevitably a kind of group elegy for something loved and gone.

The New Yorker
Critic Reviews

A gleaming history of a century and more of movie-making.

Mail On Sunday
Critic Reviews

Majestic . . . A must-have for any fan of Hollywood history.

Los Angeles Review of Books