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City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's Paperback – May 2, 1997
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One of the great appeals in this book is in its truth and how it correctly points out that 1940's Hollywood, which we think we know so well from legend and the films, was actually much much more. As the book shows, Los Angeles was not only the filmmaking capital of the world, but quite possibly the center of business, classical music, and literature. It was one of those times and places when most things that were "great" were all lumped together. Throw that against a backdrop of World War II and the ensuing Cold War, and you have a narrative that is almost too good to be true.
Really a great read, many times over.
Friedrich gives a brilliant account of the tragic blacklist period. As one who has studied this period closely as a historian, I was impressed by the breadth of the author's scope as a researcher. German playwright Bertolt Brecht is colorfully displayed. His offbeat intelligence and unconventional demeanor completely astounded House Un-American Activities Committee members as they sought to interrogate him. Long after the author of "Mother Courage", "Galileo" and many other plays had returned to his native East Germany, committee members and others were still trying to figure him out. Friedrich relates the incident when Charles Laughton threw a wild tantrum at the Coronet Theater as he was rehearsing for the Los Angeles premiere of Brecht's "Galileo.Read more ›
Anyway, if you crave entertainment in the form of a highly readable "sort of" history of a crazy but fascinating time and place, this book will serve.
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Lots of details on the history in Hollywood during the 40's. There is a lot of information packed into each chapter which was sometimes a little over whelming. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cory O'Brien
Really fun to read--the inside stories of much of what went on.Published 4 months ago by Jonathan Stein
City of Nets, A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s, Otto Fishbein*** [1929-1995]; Harper Perennial [HarperCollinsPublishers] 1987 (reissued in 2014; paperback)
I hated... Read more
Long but very interesting. I have read other accounts of old
Hollywood. This author included bios of stars, studio heads,
writers, & directors.
What a waste of paper! This is "history" about the 1940s in Hollywood without actually mentioning anything in Hollywood. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Burke
There's been much written about Hollywood in the 40s, most of it about its biggest stars. This very well-written volume digs below the surface and shows a different perspective:... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steve C.
Friedrich was the editor (I think) of Saturday Evening Post, a fine magazine in its day, and his top-notch journalistic skills are in evidence. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Banjo