The warner brothers—harry, yet they founded a studio that became the smartest, and Jack—arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, Albert, Sam, toughest, and most radical in all of Hollywood. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio’s larger-than-life stars, Doris Day, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Bette Davis, among them Al Jolson, Errol Flynn, and Bugs Bunny.
Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio Jewish Lives #ad - Behind the scenes at the legendary warner brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasyWarner Bros charts the rise of an unpromising film studio from its shaky beginnings in the early twentieth century through its ascent to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity.
The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William FoxHarper #ad - Drawing on a decade of original research, compelling look at a complex man emblematic of his time, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a rich, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history. Growing up in lower east side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, Fox began selling candy on the street.
His story intertwines the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York, the city’s vibrant and ruthless gilded age history, and the birth of America’s movie industry amid the dawn of the modern era. A fearless risk-taker, culminating with the 1929 stock market crash, Fox won and was hailed as a genius—until a confluence of circumstances, led to his ruin.
The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox #ad - . This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire. Although a major hollywood studio still bears William Fox’s name, the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure.
A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. Amid the euphoric roaring twenties, the early movie moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. That entrepreneurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of Adolph Zukor, and the Warner brothers, Marcus Loew, and launched stars such as Theda Bara.
Now, in this fascinating biography, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox’s legacy is central to the history of Hollywood.
An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented HollywoodAnchor #ad - The names harry cohn, Carl Laemmle, William Fox, Louis B. A provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of America's motion picture industry. Mayer, jack and harry warner, and adolph Zucker are giants in the history of contemporary Hollywood, outsiders who dared to invent their own vision of the American Dream.
Even to this day, the american values defined largely by the movies of these émigrés endure in American cinema and culture. Who these men were, how they came to dominate Hollywood, and what they gained and lost in the process is the exhilarating story of An Empire of Their Own.
Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures Jewish LivesYale University Press #ad - Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman—critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics—is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes. A vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, according to Pauline Kael, by an award-winning biographer and essayistHe was, “the greatest American screenwriter.
Jean-luc godard called him “a genius” who “invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today. Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts—including Scarface, Twentieth Century, celebrated playwright, and Notorious—Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs.
Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures Jewish Lives #ad - . During world war ii, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America—especially Jewish America—in his time.
Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman’s vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page.
Warner Bros.: Hollywood's Ultimate BacklotTaylor Trade Publishing #ad - Although some movie studios offer tours, few guests from outside the Hollywood community have ever been witness to the artistry, politics, and scandals that routinely go on behind the soundstage walls and away from the carefully orchestrated scenes visible to them from their tram carts. In this book, studio staff historian and hollywood insider Steven Bingen throws open Hollywood’s iron gates and takes you inside the greatest and yet most mysterious movie studio of them all: Warner Bros.
Studio lot functions as a small city and is even more fascinating, glamorous, and outrageous than any of the stars or movies that it has been routinely minting for more than ninety years. Accompanied by stunning behind-the-scenes photos and maps, and including a revealing backstory, this book is your ticket to a previously veiled Hollywood paradise.
Warner Bros.: Hollywood's Ultimate Backlot #ad - . Long home to the world’s biggest stars and most memorable films and television shows, the Warner Bros. Unfortunately, these celebrity playgrounds are, and always have been, largely hidden from public view. Movie studios are the wondrous, almost magical locales where not just films, but legends, are created.
Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. MayerSimon & Schuster #ad - He had two daughters: Irene, who married David O. Selznick, and Edie, who married producer William Goetz. Mayer, the chief of metro-goldwyn-mayer—MGM—the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood’s Golden Age. An immigrant from tsarist russia, Mayer began in the film business as an exhibitor but soon migrated to where the action and the power were—Hollywood.
At the same time, pay off local officials, he used his influence to place a federal judge on the bench, on occasion, cover up his stars’ indiscretions and, arrange marriages for gay stars. Lion of hollywood is the definitive biography of Louis B. Louis, and An American in Paris. As mayer grew older, his politics became increasingly reactionary, and he found himself politically isolated within Hollywood’s small conservative community.
Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer #ad - Lion of hollywood is a three-dimensional biography of a figure often caricatured and vilified as the paragon of the studio system. Mayer could be arrogant and tyrannical, but under his leadership MGM made such unforgettable films as The Big Parade, Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. He would eventually fall out with Edie and divorce his wife, Margaret, ending his life alienated from most of his family.
He made great films, gable, including the fabulous MGM musicals, and he made great stars: Garbo, Garland, and dozens of others. Despite his power and money, Mayer suffered some significant losses.
Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet Jewish LivesYale University Press #ad - In addition to writing the most famous article on the right to privacy, freedom from government surveillance, he also wrote the most important Supreme Court opinions about free speech, and freedom of thought and opinion. According to Jeffrey Rosen, Louis D. Published to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of his Supreme Court confirmation on June 1, 1916, Louis D.
Combining narrative biography with a passionate argument for why Brandeis matters today, the Jeffersonian prophet, privacy, can teach us about historic and contemporary questions involving the Constitution, Rosen explores what Brandeis, corporate and federal power, free speech, monopoly, technology, and Zionism.
Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet Jewish Lives #ad - Brandeis: american prophet argues that Brandeis was the most farseeing constitutional philosopher of the twentieth century. Brandeis was “the jewish jefferson, ” in business and government, ” the greatest critic of what he called “the curse of bigness, since the author of the Declaration of Independence.
And as the leader of the american Zionist movement, he convinced Woodrow Wilson and the British government to recognize a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film Screen ClassicsThe University Press of Kentucky #ad - However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction. In addition to his study of the director's remarkable legacy, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, Rode investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships.
. Academy award--winning director michael curtiz 1886--1962 -- whose best-known films include Casablanca 1942, Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942, Mildred Pierce 1945 and White Christmas 1954 -- was in many ways the anti-auteur. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, produced, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926.
Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film Screen Classics #ad - During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros. Melodramas, westerns, horror films, musicals, romances, comedies, war epics, historical dramas, he directed swashbuckling adventures, tearjerkers, and film noir masterpieces. The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks.
In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. In hollywood, his difficulty communicating in English, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, and his disregard for the well-being of others.
The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio EraHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Working from industry documents, the rise and fall of careers, and the making-and unmaking-of movies, Schatz traces the development of house styles, from Frankenstein to Spellbound to Grand Hotel. At a time when the studio is making a stunning comeback, film historian Thomas Schatz provides an indispensable account of Hollywood's tradional blend of business and art.
Richly illustrated and highly readable, The Genius of the System gives the definitive view of the workings of the Old Hollywood and the foundations of the New. This book lays to rest the persistent myth that businesspeople and producers stifle artistic talent and reveals instead the genius of a system of collaboration and conflict.
The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics Hollywood Legends SeriesUniversity Press of Mississippi #ad - Mankiewicz 1909–1993 wrote, produced, and directed over 150 pictures. For this first dual portrait of the mankiewicz brothers, Sydney Ladensohn Stern draws on interviews, letters, and other documents still in private hands to provide a uniquely intimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the lives, loves, diaries, work, and relationship between these complex men.
Joe earned the second pair of his four Oscars for writing and directing All About Eve, which also won Best Picture. Herman, new york times and new yorker theater critic, formerly an Algonquin Round Table habitué, and playwright-collaborator with George S. Herman J. He wrecked his own health using uppers and downers in order to direct Cleopatra by day and finish writing it at night, only to be very publicly fired by Darryl F.
The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics Hollywood Legends Series #ad - Despite triumphs as diverse as monkey business and cleopatra, and Pride of the Yankees and Guys and Dolls, the witty, intellectual brothers spent their Hollywood years deeply discontented and yearning for what they did not have—a career in New York theater. Kaufman, never reconciled himself to screenwriting.
He gambled away his prodigious earnings, was fired from all the major studios, and drank himself to death at fifty-five. While herman drifted downward, though his constant philandering with prominent stars like Joan Crawford, Joe rose to become a critical and financial success as a writer, and director, producer, Judy Garland, and Gene Tierney distressed his emotionally fragile wife who eventually committed suicide.
1897–1953 and Joseph L.
Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution Jewish LivesYale University Press #ad - Here, distinguished scholar Shlomo Avineri argues that Marx’s Jewish origins did leave a significant impression on his work. Avineri puts marx’s jewish background in its proper and balanced perspective, intellectual, and traces Marx’s intellectual development in light of the historical, and political contexts in which he lived.
But then its annexation to Prussia deprived the Jewish population of its equal rights. Marx was born in trier, then part of Prussia, and his family had enjoyed equal rights and emancipation under earlier French control of the area. These developments led to the reluctant conversion of Marx’s father, and similar tribulations radicalized many young intellectuals of that time who came from a Jewish background.
Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution Jewish Lives #ad - . A new exploration of karl marx's life through his intellectual contributions to modern thought Karl Marx 1818–1883—philosopher, current affairs journalist, historian, and editor—was one of the most influential and revolutionary thinkers of modern history, but he is rarely thought of as a Jewish thinker, economist, sociologist, and his Jewish background is either overlooked or misrepresented.