Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, Volume 4 2011 NR CC

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The American movie business started as peepshows and grew into a near-mythical art form that used an exciting new technology to create drama, laughter and adventure bigger than life.

Starring:
Christopher Plummer, Tony Maietta
Runtime:
59 minutes

Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, Volume 4

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Genres Documentary
Director Sam Wood
Starring Christopher Plummer, Tony Maietta
Supporting actors Gregory Orr, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., A. Scott Berg, Steven J. Ross, Leonard Maltin, Cari Beauchamp, Richard D. Zanuck, Robert Osborne, Tony Maietta, Jeffrey Vance, Marc Norman, Donald Bogle, Thomas Schatz, Peter Bogdanovich, Carla Laemmle, David Stenn, Bob Balaban, Jeanine Basinger
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Enjoyed each area covered in this film history and would recommend it to other film fanciers.
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The directors took these experiences and made patriotic films and documentaries which helped our countries morale and helped rally us through the end of the war.
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Later material may be more familiar, but those episodes, too, contain solid, fascinating information.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By D. Yarbrough on May 4, 2011
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Moguls & Movie Stars: A History Of Hollywood is an excellent documentary series that originally aired on Turner Classic Movies in late 2010. The series covers a wide array of material from the beginning of cinema in the 1880's through the decline of the mogul dominated Hollywood studio system in the 1960's, with everything in between. The set is divided into 7 episodes on 3 discs, running approximately 7 hours. Also included is a 40-page booklet with vintage photographs and each episode has bonus reflections by film historians and writer/producer Jon Wilkman. I will include a very brief description of each episode and the people discussed within them. Each one contains much more than I'm listing and gives you a great idea of how Hollywood went through its many transitions.

Episode 1: Peepshow Pioneers (1889-1907) - The series begins with a look at film in its infancy, taking a look at people such as Thomas Edison, Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès. Also covered is the role of the newly arriving immigrants in America and their role in shaping the history of cinema, particularly in starting some of the earliest Nickelodeons for people to view movies.

Episode 2: The Birth of Hollywood (1907-1920) - Most early American movies were filmed in and around large cities, such as New York and Chicago. These locations proved problematic for a lack of variety in shooting locations and for legal reasons. To solve their problems, many key players in the industry began to migrate west to California, establishing Hollywood as a movie maker paradise in the 1910's. Included in this episode are legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Samuel Goldwyn, Cecil B. DeMille, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Man VINE VOICE on May 9, 2011
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"Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood" is a three-disc DVD set that provides an excellent overview of the development of the American film industry from its peepshow beginnings. Each of its seven segments covers approximately a decade. Unfortunately, the overview ends with 1969, when most of the studios had been absorbed by conglomerates. Therefore, such topics as the rise of the independent film, development of digital technology, competition from pay TV, computers and personal devices, and the resurgence of 3D are not addressed.

However, what is included is first-rate and well edited. Film aficionados might be frustrated that many of the clips are quite short, but the scholarship and information imparted make the series a rich experience that even the most avid fans will embrace. The series details the personalities, relationships, collaborations, and conflicts that created an industry and an art form while also looking at how moviemakers responded to major historical events, such as the Great Depression, World War II, and the civil rights movement. Footage of moguls Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Lou Wasserman is included.

Most of the moguls of the title were European immigrants who turned to movies from other businesses when they sensed opportunity and saw the growing popularity of the flickers. They also liked that people paid to see a movie and then left without taking it with them. The movie could be shown over and over to new audiences as the nickels and dimes added up to big dollars.

The first three episodes offer some of the best material. These represent the silent period and cover the contributions of Thomas Edison, Georges Melies, and the Lumiere brothers as well as early inventions such as the kinetoscope and nickelodeon. Later material may be more familiar, but those episodes, too, contain solid, fascinating information.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By robert a mcaleer on May 1, 2011
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This film is' The Civil War by Ken Burns' of movies- watch it the first-time, its great- the second-time, its better-- do yourself a favor if your a film-fan- buy it !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A kids review on November 13, 2011
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Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood is a well-paced, entertaining, and informative journey into the history of one of the most important industries in worldwide culture. The series documents the rise and fall of the Hollywood moguls and covers a lot of ground on some of the most important stars in cinema. It shouldn't matter if viewers are film buffs, film students, or historians who have an itch for a better understanding of the film industry past. This is essential viewing for everyone wanting an immensely enjoyable and well made documentary experience. The high quality of the series itself makes this release worthy of 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Smith on October 28, 2011
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7 episodes, three discs, panel discussion after each episode, great clips all on the development of the men who created and ran the movie studios. My wife and I found the entire series compelling. For anyone interested in the men who created and ultimately lost the studio system this series is a most.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Celia Trujillo on October 13, 2011
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This comprehensive documentary is wonderfully narrated by Christopher Plummer. It is fascinating to trace the development of the movie industry from its very beginnings and understand how it morphed into the modern phenomenon that has become an integral part of American culture and history. History and movie buffs will be fascinated by the stories of the movie pioneers who started out with meager resources and came to exemplify the American dream. I highly recommend this engrossing series by TCM.
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