City of Nets: Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s Otto Friedrich

ISBN: 9780747230649

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City of Nets: Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s  by  Otto Friedrich

City of Nets: Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s by Otto Friedrich
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The late Otto Friedrich enlivened the pages of many newspapers and magazines with his vigorous prose. His journalistic ability to convey complex material in a vivid, accessible manner is evident in City of Nets, a mordant portrait of Hollywood in theMoreThe late Otto Friedrich enlivened the pages of many newspapers and magazines with his vigorous prose.

His journalistic ability to convey complex material in a vivid, accessible manner is evident in City of Nets, a mordant portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s. (Originally published in 1986, its the middle volume in a trilogy of superb urban histories that also includes Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s and Olympia: Paris in the Age of Manet.) Friedrich drew on his voluminous reading of everything from celebrity bios to trade-union history to create a unique synthesis that, for a change, depicts Tinseltown not as a dreamland floating above American reality, but as a city subject, like any other, to economic and political forces.

Friedrich mingles enjoyable gossip with hardheaded analysis of Hollywoods often unsavory industrial underpinnings, including studio heads willingness to rely on gun-wielding gangsters to solve their labor problems. Theres no other movie book quite like it- Rita Hayworths divorce proceedings against Orson Welles follow hard on the heels of a gruesomely detailed description of Bugsy Siegels execution.

The 40s were the decade of Hollywoods decline: a blacklist prompted by anticommunist hysteria shut out some of its best talent, while a 1948 antitrust consent decree ended many of the business practices that made the studio system so profitable. Friedrichs brilliantly selective use of colorful anecdotes and revealing details perfectly captures a decaying, but still glamorous, culture. --Wendy Smith



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