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Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM

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Former senior vice president of the MGM/UA, Peter Bart traces the corporate convulsions of this company, from the time, twenty years ago, when Kirk Kerkorian bought control until the present, when almost nothing remains of MGM/UA except for the lion's final whimper.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Anchor (first published 1990)
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Jul 18, 2016 Laini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An infuriating book to read.

Shows what happens when a Las Vegas "dealmaker" who knows nothing about making movies buys a company, then continues to $%^& with it, selling off parcels and bits, and appointing and re-appointing, configuring and re-configuring it with a constantly changing cast of qualified and unqualified people. you keep thinking it can't get any worse, and yet he just can't leave well enough alone.

MGM (and its related sister company at the end, UA) was a huge part of our co
Jul 28, 2016 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, history
This book is like many insider accounts of the Hollywood movie industry. It contains a wealth of names, anecdotes, and history of MGM and United Artists, but in the end it's somewhat unrewarding. If one were a fan of a particular MGM production that is described in detail, such as "Red Dawn" or "Rainman" they would certainly find a great deal of insight into how those films made it through the confounding business practices of a major hollywood studio. Otherwise, we're only left to consider what ...more
Grindy Stone
A skimpy narrative that ties together some pretty good anecdotes from 1970s-80s Hollywood. Gets deep with movies that I enjoyed, like "2010" and "Rain Man."
Feb 24, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it
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I worked there some years after this book took place. So it wasn't the end, although it should have been. MGM is an example of how our economy keeps zombie companies going.
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