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Hearst Over Hollywood: Power, Passion, and Propaganda in the Movies (Film and Culture)

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Hollywood--crossroads of filmmaking, mythmaking, and politics--was dominated by one man more than any other for most of its history. It was William Randolph Hearst who understood how to use cinema to exploit the public's desire for entertainment and to create film propaganda to further his own desire for power. From the start, Hearst saw his future and the future of Hollyw ...more
Hardcover, 525 pages
Published January 9th 2002 by Columbia University Press
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Lora
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not ready to abandon this, but I have started scanning it. The book is really well done, and incredibly detailed. I can only take a few pages at a time. Basically it's another 'powerful man and his corrupt life' histories. In contrast, I'm also reading "Women Making America", a positive historical account that covers the same era and much more.
Well, they may cancel each other out and I'll be left with my Bread Bible, "The Encyclopedia of Bread and Bread Machines".
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Anne Nelson
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a remarkable book, containing meticulous research on media baron William Randolph Hearst and illuminating the birth of the American media industry. Pizzitola's attention to detail is fascinating. I loved his depictions of New York in the early 1900s, and the connections between Hearst's early newspaper and movie business with the bordellos of 14th St. He also works hard to set the record straight. Hearst didn't "start" the Spanish-American War, but his role was even more interesting than ...more
Jerry Wendt
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book more a complete and well written and documented historical story of a time and place in relation to Hearst rather than a just a bio of the man. The backstories on things like Tallulah Bankhead, The "Yellow Man" and even the intrigue behind the sinking of the Maine were all fascinating to me. Some members of our club found it too detailed, but I don't believe in that as a critique. if I'm interested in a time and place, II want to know as much as I can. Mr Pizzitola did his home ...more
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