This is the definitive portrait of an unforgettable era in filmmaking. Filled with rare images and untold stories from filmmakers, exhibitors, and moviegoers, Forbidden Hollywood is the ultimate guide to a gloriously entertaining era when a lax code of censorship let sin rule the movies. Forbidden hollywood is a history of "pre-Code" like none other: you will eavesdrop on production conferences, read nervous telegrams from executives to censors, and hear Americans argue about "immoral" movies.
Forbidden Hollywood: The Pre-Code Era 1930-1934: When Sin Ruled the Movies Turner Classic Movies #ad - . You will read what theater managers thought of such craftiness, and hear from fans as they applauded creativity or condemned crassness. You will see how these films caused a grass-roots movement to gain control of Hollywood-and why they were "forbidden" for fifty years. The book spotlights the twenty-two films that led to the strict new Code of 1934, Call Her Savage, including Red-Headed Woman, and She Done Him Wrong.
You will see decisions artfully wrought, so as to fool some of the people long enough to get films into theaters.
Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950 Turner Classic MoviesRunning Press Adult #ad - Into the dark also tells the story of film noir with quotes from the filmmakers and vintage reviews, taking readers to the exciting nights when Murder My Sweet, Out of the Past, and The Big Heat were sprung on an unsuspecting public. The cinematic art of film noir—the dark, was rediscovered in the '70s, fascinating American movie genre that started 75 years ago, and has a worldwide cult following today—is showcased in Into the Dark.
You know film noir when you see it: the shadowed setting; the world-weary detective; the damsel in distress; and the twist of fate. Into the dark captures this alluring genre with a cavalcade of compelling photographs and a guide to its best films. Author Mark A. Vieira takes readers on a year-by-year tour of the film factories that made these movies, profiling the artists who worked on them, and explaining how they accomplished their moody lighting effects.
The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter Turner Classic MoviesRunning Press Adult #ad - Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival. Showcasing 52 essential films from the silent era through the 1980s, dazzling musical numbers, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history.
Since its inception on turner classic movies in 2001, The Essentials has become the ultimate series for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of must-see cinema and discover or revisit landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences everywhere. Based on the tcm series, the essentials book showcases fifty-two must-see movies from the silent era through the early 1980s.
The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter Turner Classic Movies #ad - Some long-championed classics appear within these pages; other selections may surprise you. Each film is profiled with insightful notes on why it's an essential, rose mcgowan, carrie fisher, a guide to must-see moments, Peter Bogdanovich, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Sydney Pollack, and running commentary from TCM's Robert Osborne and Essentials guest hosts past and present, Molly Haskell, including Sally Field, and Rob Reiner.
Featuring full-color and black-and-white photography of the greatest stars in movie history, The Essentials is your curated guide to fifty-two films that define the meaning of the word "classic. ".
Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code HollywoodThomas Dunne Books #ad - Between 1929 and 1934, in general, women in american cinema were modern! for five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, led unapologetic careers and, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968.
Garbo turned the femme fatale into a woman whose capacity for love and sacrifice made all other human emotions seem pale. The bold, pioneering and complicated women of the pre-Code era are about to take their place in the pantheon of film history, and America is about to reclaim a rich legacy. Before then, women on screen had come in two varieties - good or bad - sweet ingenue or vamp.
Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood #ad - Then two stars came along to blast away these common stereotypes. Meanwhile, norma shearer succeeded in taking the ingenue to a place she'd never been: the bedroom. These women pushed the limits and shaped their images along modern lines. Then, the draconian production code became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, in July 1934, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later.
Mick lasalle, film critic for the san francisco chronicle, takes readers on a tour of pre-Code films and reveals how this was the true golden age of women's films and how the movies of the pre-Code are still worth watching. Garbo and shearer took the stereotypes and made them complicated. In the wake of these complicated women came others, ann harding, ruth chatterton, mae clarke, Marlene Dietrich, a deluge of indelible stars - Constance Bennett, Miriam Hopkins, Barbara Stanywyck, Claudette Colbert, Dorothy Mackaill, Jean Harlow, Kay Francis, Mae West and Loretta Young all came into their own during the pre-Code era.
Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History Turner Classic MoviesRunning Press Adult #ad - Some dynamic women are naughty and some are nice, but all of them buck the narrow confines of their expected gender role -- whether by taking small steps or revolutionary strides. Through engaging profiles and more than 100 photographs, Dynamic Dames looks at fifty of the most inspiring female roles in film from the 1920s to today.
. Celebrate 50 of the most empowering and unforgettable female characters ever to grace the screen, as well as the artists who brought them to vibrant life!From Scarlett O'Hara to Thelma and Louise to Wonder Woman, strong women have not only lit up the screen, they've inspired and fired our imaginations.
Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History Turner Classic Movies #ad - The characters are discussed along with the exciting off-screen personalities and achievements of the actresses and, female writers and directors, on occasion, who brought them to life. Among the stars profiled in their most revolutionary roles are bette davis, uma thurman, gal gadot, audrey hepburn, elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Josephine Baker, Vivien Leigh, Natalie Wood, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Zhang Ziyi, Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, Emma Watson, Pam Grier, Julia Roberts, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lawrence, and many more.
Sin and Vice in Black & White: 15 Classic Pre-Code Movies#ad - Pushing the envelope meant higher ticket sales in Depression era America. These early gems do not shy away from sex, bawdy humor and behavior, violence, corruption, sex, sex, and also sex. Sex! sin! scandal! ah, the golden age of hollywoodjust as film noir gained popularity and notoriety in the 1940s and 1950s, the early 1930s saw the period in Hollywood history known as the pre-Code era.
It also meant an interesting take by Hollywood on the sometimes unpleasant, sometimes naughty world that it tried to reflect. Stars like jean harlow, clark Gable, Joan Crawford and others thrived during this period and risque and racy subject matter appeared often. Movies displayed a much more realistic and gritty tone in pre-Code films.
Sin and Vice in Black & White: 15 Classic Pre-Code Movies #ad - Films weren't subject to the same kind of moral scrutiny that would be given later in the decade after the establishment of the Production Code Association and the strict enforcement of the already existing Hollywood Production Code. Sin and vice in black & white: 15 classic pre-code movies explains what a pre-Code movie is and takes a dip with a sampling of 15 movies that were produced and exhibited during this brief but powerful time in American cinema.
Hollywood Black Turner Classic Movies: The Stars, the Films, the FilmmakersRunning Press Adult #ad - Hollywood black reveals the changes in images that came about with the evolving social and political atmosphere of the US, from the Civil Rights era to the Black Power movement. More often than not, they were saddled with rigidly stereotyped roles, most notably Hattie McDaniel in Gone With the Wind 1939, but some gifted performers, were able to turn in significant performances.
In the coming decades, more black talents would light up the screen. Dorothy dandridge became the first african american to earn a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones 1954, and Sidney Poitier broke ground in films like The Defiant Ones and 1963's Lilies of the Field. It follows the changes in the film industry with the arrival of sound motion pictures and the Great Depression, when black performers such as Stepin Fetchit and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson began finding a place in Hollywood.
The films, the stars, a sweeping overview of blacks in film from the silent era through Black Panther, the filmmakers-all get their due in Hollywood Black, with striking photos and an engrossing history by award-winning author Donald Bogle. The story opens in the silent film era, when white actors in blackface often played black characters, but also saw the rise of independent African American filmmakers, including the remarkable Oscar Micheaux.
Hollywood Black Turner Classic Movies: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers #ad - The story takes readers through blaxploitation, richard pryor, to the emergence of such stars as Cicely Tyson, and Whoopi Goldberg, with movies like Shaft and Super Fly, Eddie Murphy, and of directors Spike Lee and John Singleton. The history comes into the new millennium with filmmakers barry jenkins moonlight, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, Ava Du Vernay Selma, and Ryan Coogler Black Panther; megastars such as Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman; as well as Halle Berry, Will Smith, and a glorious gallery of others.
Filled with evocative photographs and stories of stars and filmmakers on set and off, Hollywood Black tells an underappreciated history as it's never before been told.
The Bowery: The Strange History of New York's Oldest StreetSkyhorse #ad - Yet there were times when it showed its best as well. Its colorful cast of characters includes Peter Stuyvesant, Steve Brodie, Stephen Foster, Stephen Crane, Carry Nation, and even Abraham Lincoln. The bowery: the strange history of new york’s Oldest Street traces the full story of this once notorious thoroughfare from its pre-colonial origins to the present day.
Like the city itself, it has continually reinvented itself over the centuries. It was the street your mother warned you about—even if you lived in San Francisco. Poets, travelers, soldiers, singers, con-men, hobos, gangsters, storytellers, preachers, and reformers all gathered there. Barnum got his start there, and Harry Houdini learned showmanship playing the music halls and dime museums.
The Bowery: The Strange History of New York's Oldest Street #ad - Named for the dutch farms, or bouweries, of the area, the path’s lurid character was established early when it became the site of New Amsterdam’s first murder. From peglegged peter stuyvesant to CBGB’s, the story of the Bowery reflects the history of the city that grew up around it. A natural spring near the five points neighborhood led to breweries and taverns that became home to the gangs of New York—the “Bowery B’hoys, ” “Plug Uglies, ” and “Dead Rabbits.
In the gaslight era, teenaged streetwalkers swallowed poison in McGurk’s Suicide Hall. Long associated with skid row, violence, freak shows, and vice, saloons, the Bowery often showed the worst New York City had to offer. The bowery is new york’s oldest street and Manhattan’s broadest boulevard.
Sex Lives of the Hollywood GoddessesPrion #ad - Hollywood has always used sex to sell, but in the early days went to great lengths to cover up the erring ways of their top stars. The early tycoons packed their epics with ravishing dancing girls and frequently used the casting couch method of employment. Sex has been the common currency of Hollywood from the beginning.
City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940'sHarper Perennial #ad - In 1939, fifty million Americans went to the movies every week, Louis B. One decade and five thousand movies later, the studios were faltering. The 1940s became the decade of hollywood's decline: anticommunist hysteria excommunicated some of its best talent, while a 1948 antitrust consent decree ended many of the business practices that had made the studio system so profitable.
In this masterful work of cultural history, composers, musicians, directors, producers, labor leaders, journalists, writers, racketeers, the legendary Otto Friedrich tells the story of Hollywood's heyday and decline in a vivid narrative featuring an all-star cast of the actors, and politicians who played major parts in the movie capital during the turbulent decade from World War II to the Korean War.
City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's #ad - Friedrich draws on sources from celebrity biographies to trade-union history, mingling lively gossip with analysis of Hollywood's seedier business dealings and telling the stories of legendary movies such as Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and All About Eve. A classic portrait of a special place in a special time, City of Nets gives us a singular behind-the-scenes glimpse into a bygone era that still captivates our imaginations.
Mayer was the highest-paid man in the country, and Hollywood produced 530 feature films a year.
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of HollywoodHarper #ad - Along the way, drug dealers, religious zealots, mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime—a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.
A true story recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers—and the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and historians for nearly a century. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three beautiful, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet.
. Yet hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now. In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J.
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood #ad - And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. New york times bestseller • edgar award winner for best fact crimethe day of the locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, scandal, murder, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, intrigue, and the creation of the modern film industry.
By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries.