City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s

9 best books like City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s (Otto Friedrich): American Prince: A Memoir, The Parade's Gone By..., Swanson on Swanson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated, Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Conversations with Wilder, The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco, Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland

American Prince: A Memoir
AuthorTony Curtis
“All my life I had one dream and that was to be in the movies.”

He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver screen. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame,...
AuthorKevin Brownlow
I knew this book would be a good resource since I've seen several other resources cite it, but I still cannot help but be impressed. This is a work of love and passion in chronicling the silent film era. Not only does it discuss the stars, but it goes into great detail about the technical aspects and how they...
Swanson on Swanson
AuthorGloria Swanson
I fell a bit in love with Gloria reading her biography. It's non stop from her grace onto the silent screens of cinema to working her way to becoming the most famous celebrity on the planet. All without an ounce of arrogance, desperation or any other pathological profile that seems to gravitate celebrities...
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated
AuthorDavid Thomson
For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece”...
AuthorSteven Bach
Heaven's Gate is probably the most discussed, least seen film in modern movie history. Its notoriety is so great that its title has become a generic term for disaster, for ego run rampant, for epic mismanagement, for wanton extravagance. It was also the film that brought down one of Hollywood’s major...
AuthorPeter Biskind
However much is true, however much really happened that way, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How The Sex 'N' Drugs 'N' Rock 'N' Generation Saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind remains one of my favorite non-fiction reads. For those who hear "film history" and think Titanic, in 1967, the major American film studios...
AuthorCameron Crowe
In Conversations with Wilder, Hollywood's legendary and famously elusive director Billy Wilder agrees for the first time to talk extensively about his life and work.

Here, in an extraordinary book with more than 650 black-and-white photographs -- including film posters, stills, grabs,...
AuthorJulie Salamon
"A definitive portrait of the madness of big-time moviemaking."--Newsweek

When Brian De Palma agreed to allow Julie Salamon unlimited access to the film production of Tom Wolfe's best-selling book The Bonfire of the Vanities, both director and journalist must have felt like they were...
Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
AuthorGerald Clarke
Judy Garland. The girl with the pigtails, the symbol of innocence in The Wizard of Oz. The brightest star of the Hollywood musical and an entertainer of almost magical power. The woman of a half-dozen comebacks, a hundred heartbreaks, and thousands of headlines. Yet much of what has been written about...
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