An Empire of Their Own

How the Jews Invented Hollywood

Author: Neal Gabler

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307773715

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

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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. The names Harry Cohn, William Fox, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. 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.

Ein eigenes Reich

wie jüdische Emigranten Hollywood erfanden

Author: Neal Gabler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783827003539

Category: Jewish motion picture producers and directors

Page: 670

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The Fixers

Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine

Author: E.J. Fleming

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786454952

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 325

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Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling are virtually unknown outside of Hollywood and little-remembered even there, but as General Manager and Head of Publicity for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, they lorded over all the stars in Hollywood’s golden age from the 1920s through the 1940s—including legends like Garbo, Dietrich, Gable and Garland. When MGM stars found themselves in trouble, it was Eddie and Howard who took care of them—solved their problems, hid their crimes, and kept their secrets. They were “the Fixers.” At a time when image meant everything and the stars were worth millions to the studios that owned them, Mannix and Strickling were the most important men at MGM. Through a complex web of contacts in every arena, from reporters and doctors to corrupt police and district attorneys, they covered up some of the most notorious crimes and scandals in Hollywood history, keeping stars out of jail and, more importantly, their names out of the papers. They handled problems as diverse as the murder of Paul Bern (husband of MGM’s biggest star, Jean Harlow), the studio-directed drug addictions of Judy Garland, the murder of Ted Healy (creator of The Three Stooges) at the hands of Wallace Beery, and arranging for an unmarried Loretta Young to adopt her own child—a child fathered by a married Clark Gable. Through exhaustive research and interviews with contemporaries, this is the never-before-told story of Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling. The dual biography describes how a mob-related New Jersey laborer and the quiet son of a grocer became the most powerful men at the biggest studio in the world.

Shoah

Author: Claude Lanzmann

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644449414

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Fast zwölf Jahre hat Claude Lanzmann an dem neuneinhalbstündigen Film «Shoah» gearbeitet. Und er kann, ohne zu übertreiben, sagen: «Mit ‹Shoah› habe ich die Zeit besiegt.» Denn wie kein anderes Werk vergegenwärtigt der Film Vergangenheit als Gegenwart. Dieses Buch umfasst den vollständigen Text des bedeutendsten Films über die Vernichtung der europäischen Juden, die eindringlichen Dialoge zwischen Claude Lanzmann, den Tätern, Opfern und Beobachtern – ein Monument der Erinnerungskultur.

Life: The Movie

How Entertainment Conquered Reality

Author: Neal Gabler

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307773256

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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The story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, and melodrama has turned everything—news, politics, religion, high culture—into one vast public entertainment. Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," those blockbusters written in the medium of life that dominate the media and the national conversation for weeks, months, even years: the death of Princess Diana, the trial of O.J. Simpson, Kenneth Starr vs. William Jefferson Clinton. Real Life as Entertainment is hardly a new phenomenon, but the movies, and now the new information technologies, have so accelerated it that it is now the reigning popular art form. How this came to pass, and just what it means for our culture and our personal lives, is the subject of this witty, concerned, and sometimes eye-opening book. "A thoughtful, in places chilling, account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life." --The New York Times Book Review

Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität

Author: Ludger Kühnhardt,Tilman Mayer

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 365813819X

Category: Social Science

Page: 1627

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Im Zentrum der Enzyklopädie steht die Frage, ob und inwieweit Europa im Zeitalter der Globalität durch Kontinuität und Wandel Referenzrahmen für Begriffsbildungen, Symbolisierungen und Sinndeutungen in den Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften bleibt. Angesichts weltweiter Diskurse zur Globalität wird exemplarisch nach den Konsequenzen des global turn für den seit der Aufklärung erhobenen Anspruch Europas auf geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Deutungshoheit gefragt. Bezogen auf die geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektive lautet die Kernfrage der Enzyklopädie: Wie verändert Globalität Europa und wie verändert Europa die Globalität? Grundsätzlich und am Beispiel wichtiger Sachverhalte und Begriffe aus den Lebenssphären des Menschen untersuchen mehr als einhundert Professoren der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, wie der global turn die geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Begriffsbildung prägt. Die Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität bietet weitreichende Denkanstöße zu der Frage, ob und auf welche Weise europäische Deutungsmuster und Begriffsbestimmungen durch Kontinuität und Wandel im Zeichen der Globalität universell bedeutsam bleiben. ​

Walt Disney

Author: Neal Gabler

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307265968

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 880

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The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history: Walt Disney. Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably Snow White, Fantasia, and Bambi. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man–of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography USA Today Biography of the Year

The Coppolas

A Family Business

Author: Vincent LoBrutto,Harriet R. Morrison

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313391610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 183

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This fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood dynasty offers an in-depth study of the films and artistry of iconic director Francis Ford Coppola and his daughter, Sofia, exploring their work and their impact on each other, both personally and professionally. * Helpful notes and bibliography

City of quartz

Ausgrabungen der Zukunft in Los Angeles

Author: Mike Davis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783935936378

Category:

Page: 421

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Barbra Streisand

Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power

Author: Neal Gabler

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300210914

Category: Motion picture actors and actresses

Page: 284

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Examines Streisand's life and career through the prism of otherness - a Jew in a gentile world, a self-proclaimed homely girl in a world of glamour, a kooky girl in a world of convention - and shows how central it was to Streisand's triumph as one of the voices of her age

Hollywood v. Hard Core

How the Struggle Over Censorship Created the Modern Film Industry

Author: Jon Lewis

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814729339

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 377

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In 1972, The Godfather and Deep Throat were the two most popular films in the country. One, a major Hollywood studio production, the other an independently made "skin flick." At that moment, Jon Lewis asserts, the fate of the American film industry hung in the balance. Spanning the 20th century, Hollywood v. Hard Core weaves a gripping tale of censorship and regulation. Since the industry's infancy, film producers and distributors have publicly regarded ratings codes as a necessary evil. Hollywood regulates itself, we have been told, to prevent the government from doing it for them. But Lewis argues that the studios self-regulate because they are convinced it is good for business, and that censorship codes and regulations are a crucial part of what binds the various competing agencies in the film business together. Yet between 1968 and 1973 Hollywood films were faltering at the box office, and the major studios were in deep trouble. Hollywood's principal competition came from a body of independently produced and distributed films--from foreign art house film Last Tango in Paris to hard-core pornography like Behind the Green Door--that were at once disreputable and, for a moment at least, irresistible, even chic. In response, Hollywood imposed the industry-wide MPAA film rating system (the origins of the G, PG, and R designations we have today) that pushed sexually explicit films outside the mainstream, and a series of Supreme Court decisions all but outlawed the theatrical exhibition of hard core pornographic films. Together, these events allowed Hollywood to consolidate its iron grip over what films got made and where they were shown, thus saving it from financial ruin.

Wir Glücklichen

Roman

Author: Amy Bloom

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455170501

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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"Mögen die Scharniere unserer Freundschaft niemals rosten", sagte Iris. - "Recht so", sagte ich, und wir hakten uns unter und kippten den Gin. Mit zwölf wird Eva kurzerhand vor der Tür ihres Vaters abgesetzt und lebt von da an mit ihrer Halbschwester Iris unter einem Dach. Iris weiß genau, was sie will: Filmstar werden in Hollywood. Tatsächlich erreicht sie ihr Ziel, doch ihr Stern sinkt so schnell wie er aufgestiegen ist. Die jüngere Eva bleibt treu an Iris’ Seite. Gemeinsam gehen sie nach New York, wo sie bei reichen Italienern in Long Island unterkommen. Iris schauspielert auf zweifelhaften Bühnen, pflegt verbotene Liebeleien und setzt gnadenlos ihre eigenen Interessen durch, während Eva den Alltag organisiert. "Wir Glücklichen" erzählt von großen Träumen, Skandalen und Betrügereien und von unvergesslichen Charakteren im Amerika der vierziger Jahre.

How to Read a Film Fourth Edition

Movies, Media, and Beyond

Author: James Monaco

Publisher: Harbor Electronic Publishing

ISBN: 1932916288

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 736

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Richard Gilman referred to How to Read a Film as simply "the best single work of its kind." And Janet Maslin in The New York Times Book Review marveled at James Monaco's ability to collect "an enormous amount of useful information and assemble it in an exhilaratingly simple and systematic way." Indeed, since its original publication in 1977, this hugely popular book has become the definitive source on film and media. Now, James Monaco offers a special anniversary edition of his classic work, featuring a new preface and several new sections, including an "Essential Library: One Hundred Books About Film and Media You Should Read" and "One Hundred Films You Should See." As in previous editions, Monaco once again looks at film from many vantage points, as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to other narrative media such as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, the book discusses the elements necessary to understand how films convey meaning, and, more importantly, how we can best discern all that a film is attempting to communicate. In addition, Monaco stresses the still-evolving digital context of film throughout--one of the new sections looks at the untrustworthy nature of digital images and sound--and his chapter on multimedia brings media criticism into the twenty-first century with a thorough discussion of topics like virtual reality, cyberspace, and the proximity of both to film. With hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams, How to Read a Film is an indispensable addition to the library of everyone who loves the cinema and wants to understand it better.

Hollywood's Censor

Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration

Author: Thomas Doherty

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231512848

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 440

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From 1934 to 1954 Joseph I. Breen, a media-savvy Victorian Irishman, reigned over the Production Code Administration, the Hollywood office tasked with censoring the American screen. Though little known outside the ranks of the studio system, this former journalist and public relations agent was one of the most powerful men in the motion picture industry. As enforcer of the puritanical Production Code, Breen dictated "final cut" over more movies than anyone in the history of American cinema. His editorial decisions profoundly influenced the images and values projected by Hollywood during the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Cultural historian Thomas Doherty tells the absorbing story of Breen's ascent to power and the widespread effects of his reign. Breen vetted story lines, blue-penciled dialogue, and excised footage (a process that came to be known as "Breening") to fit the demands of his strict moral framework. Empowered by industry insiders and millions of like-minded Catholics who supported his missionary zeal, Breen strove to protect innocent souls from the temptations beckoning from the motion picture screen. There were few elements of cinematic production beyond Breen's reach he oversaw the editing of A-list feature films, low-budget B movies, short subjects, previews of coming attractions, and even cartoons. Populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Catholic priests, Jewish moguls, visionary auteurs, hardnosed journalists, and bluenose agitators, Doherty's insightful, behind-the-scenes portrait brings a tumultuous era and an individual both feared and admired to vivid life.

Hollywood Left and Right

How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

Author: Steven J. Ross

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911436

Category: History

Page: 512

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In Hollywood Left and Right, Steven J. Ross tells a story that has escaped public attention: the emergence of Hollywood as a vital center of political life and the important role that movie stars have played in shaping the course of American politics. Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics. Through compelling larger-than-life figures in American cinema--Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Edward G. Robinson, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and Arnold Schwarzenegger--Hollywood Left and Right reveals how the film industry's engagement in politics has been longer, deeper, and more varied than most people would imagine. As shown in alternating chapters, the Left and the Right each gained ascendancy in Tinseltown at different times. From Chaplin, whose movies almost always displayed his leftist convictions, to Schwarzenegger's nearly seamless transition from action blockbusters to the California governor's mansion, Steven J. Ross traces the intersection of Hollywood and political activism from the early twentieth century to the present. Hollywood Left and Right challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood has always been a bastion of liberalism. The real story, as Ross shows in this passionate and entertaining work, is far more complicated. First, Hollywood has a longer history of conservatism than liberalism. Second, and most surprising, while the Hollywood Left was usually more vocal and visible, the Right had a greater impact on American political life, capturing a senate seat (Murphy), a governorship (Schwarzenegger), and the ultimate achievement, the Presidency (Reagan).

Jazz Age Jews

Author: Michael Alexander

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691116532

Category: History

Page: 264

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States that despite their successes in post-1920 America, many Jewish children of immigrants chose to exclude themselves from mainstream society, and presents the stories of Al Jolson, Felix Frankfurter, and Arnold Rothstein to illustrate this theory, citing group identity, rather than anti-Semitism, as a primary reason.

The Big Screen

The Story of the Movies

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466827718

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 608

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The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important as the images it carries. The Big Screen is not another history of the movies. Rather, it is a wide-ranging narrative about the movies and their signal role in modern life. At first, film was a waking dream, the gift of appearance delivered for a nickel to huddled masses sitting in the dark. But soon, and abruptly, movies began transforming our societies and our perceptions of the world. The celebrated film authority David Thomson takes us around the globe, through time, and across many media—moving from Eadweard Muybridge to Steve Jobs, from Sunrise to I Love Lucy, from John Wayne to George Clooney, from television commercials to streaming video—to tell the complex, gripping, paradoxical story of the movies. He tracks the ways we were initially enchanted by movies as imitations of life—the stories, the stars, the look—and how we allowed them to show us how to live. At the same time, movies, offering a seductive escape from everyday reality and its responsibilities, have made it possible for us to evade life altogether. The entranced audience has become a model for powerless and anxiety-ridden citizens trying to pursue happiness and dodge terror by sitting quietly in a dark room. Does the big screen take us out into the world, or merely mesmerize us? That is Thomson's question in this grand adventure of a book. Books about the movies are often aimed at film buffs, but this passionate and provocative feat of storytelling is vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens—the age that, more than ever, we are living in.

Fashioning Jews

Clothing, Culture, and Commerce

Author: Leonard Jay Greenspoon

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 1557536570

Category: Design

Page: 205

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"Proceedings of the twenty-fourth annual symposium of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization and the Harris Center for Judaic Studies, October 23-24, 2011"--p. [i].