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An Empire of Their Own by Neal Gabler
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Dec 05, 2011

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bookshelves: hollywood, nonfiction
Read from December 05 to 28, 2011

A substantial hunk of this book involved the whole HUAC/witch-hunt/Commie story, which I wasn't really expecting (I would categorize that as after the "invention" of Hollywood).

I would have liked more specifics about specific movies and directors, tying it into the Jewish angle if necessary, but we didn't get much of that except for Frank Capra (funny, he doesn't look Jewish). I am whining. I do find most of these early moguls to be compelling guys, perhaps one or two merit me finding dedicated biographies.

It's also interesting, given that we live in a world where movies are a zillion-dollar business and great prestige is bestowed upon the best creators, that in the early days movies were considered scummy, bottom-barrel entertainment brought to you by scummy, bottom-barrel guys.

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