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Hollywood: Mecca of the Movies

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Blaise Cendrars, one of twentieth-century France's most gifted men of letters, came to Hollywood in 1936 for the newspaper Paris-Soir. Already a well-known poet, Cendrars was a celebrity journalist whose perceptive dispatches from the American dream factory captivated millions. These articles were later published as Hollywood: Mecca of the Movies, which has since appeared ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published April 3rd 1995 by University of California Press (first published 1936)
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Aug 11, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essai, cinema
excellent reportage sur hollywood , où entre les propos du coiffeur des stars il explique qu'on ne laisse pas entrer tout le monde à Los Angeles! A lire absolument si on aime le cinéma, la beat génération, la littérature et l'aventure!
Mar 04, 2012 David rated it it was ok
In 1936 French poet Blaise Cendrars spent two weeks in Hollywood and published his observations in the French newspaper Paris-Soir. Because he couldn't get through the gates at many studios and none of his interview requests were granted Cendrars took to inventing his own Hollywood. Some of his experiences and embellishments of them are interesting but too many of them are trite, sometimes bordering on ridiculous. The fact that he took Harold Loeb and his theories seriously in the beginning of t ...more
Nov 07, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Is there any one more charming than Blaise Cendrars? No. I don't know if this 'journalistic' book on my favorite local neighborhood is true or not - but it's the way he tells the tale that is the key point of Cendrars' work. He is also a remarkable poet. Minimal language that reads like the New York Post. So check the poetry as well.
Jun 29, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it
A delightful behind the scenes look at 1936 Hollywood, by one of France's best writers of the day.
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Frédéric Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement.

His father, an inventor-businessman, was Swiss, his mother Scottish. He spent his childhood in Alexandria, Naples, Brindisi, Neuchâtel, and numerous other places, while accompanying his father, who endlessly pursued bu
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