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1939: The Greatest Year in Film History

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
1939 was a watershed year. The Great Depression was barely over; economics, politics, and culture braced for war. There was a lull before the storm and Hollywood, as if expecting to be judged by posterity, produced a portfolio of masterpieces. No year before or since has yielded so many beloved works of cinematic art: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Gunga Din, Only Angels Ha ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Patricia
Oct 08, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For classic film buffs (such as myself), this book is a must-own. It highlights 50 films from Hollywood's most glorious year---1939. (For me, 1937 is neck-and-neck with 1939 as my favorite film year.) While I've seen several of the titles highlighted in the book (including beloved favorites Gone with the Wind and Dark Victory), many I haven't yet seen (The Women and Of Mice and Men to name just two), and there are even a few films I've never heard of (such as Hollywood Cavalcade and Confessions ...more
Casee Marie
Apr 10, 2014 Casee Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2014
In the broad history of cinema, 1939 stands out as one of the most important years. The end of the decade saw some of the most affecting films; films that would immediately change the industry, make unknown actors into stars, and go on to live as a legendary reminder of cinema’s greatest achievements. In Mark A. Vieira’s book, Majestic Hollywood, the author brings together fifty of the most notable films from 1939 to pay homage to this remarkable year in film. Compiling publicity photos and port ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
To all those who love motion pictures, 1939 will always be THE year. During 1939, so many, many classic films were produced. Mark Vieira reviews those films in this wonderfully-illustrated, insightful and affectionate guide to that magical time and place. Vieira's book arranges the films in order of release. Most of the films is described in a two-to-four page write-up. A select number such as GONE WITH THE WIND and WIZARD OF OZ get more pages. The write-ups are illustrated with photographs and ...more
Andrew
Mar 02, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is splendidly illustrated, with excellent stories about the making of classic films released every WEEK that year. It even includes critical reactions from the audiences and critics (who didn't see movies ahead of release in those days).

This was an era when the A list movies opened at downtown palaces (like Loew's State in Los Angeles) for 50-cent to 65-cent tickets. After premiering for 21 days, they'd move to a 40-cent neighborhood theater; then at 42 days to a 30-cent theater; after 63 day
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Andy
Apr 25, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, movies, 2014
A nice overview of the best of the films released in that golden year of 1939. Vieira gives a brief synopsis/storyline of the films, an anecdote or two, the film's budget and critical reception. Each entry is quite brief (other than extended entries for The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind) and doesn't go into much depth. Some nice photographs, all in black and white. Worth a look. If nothing else, it makes you want to see the films again or for the first time.
Jamie
Dec 24, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Would the person who added this book or someone who is able change the title to Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939 which is the complete title. Thanks! Great book!
Vince
Mar 23, 2014 Vince rated it it was amazing
Really enjoy reading books like this that give toy information about films that you have loved.
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