Last updated on Nov 30, 2023

10 Best History Books about Hollywood's Golden Age of Fame and Glory!

この記事はアフィリエイト広告を利用しており、広告の収益で運営しています。
10 Best History Books about Hollywood's Golden Age of Fame and Glory!の表紙

Step right into the heart of Hollywood’s glitz, glamour, and glory days with these ten dazzling history books. They capture the essence of Hollywood's Golden Age, an era renowned for its unforgettable stars, sweeping epics, and cinematic breakthroughs. Prepare to be charmed by the razzle-dazzle of silver screens, walk in the shadows of towering studio moguls, and be tantalized by the unrivalled glamour of legendary movie stars. Tickling scandals, fairytale romances, and groundbreaking innovations – there's something for every aficionado. But these books are more than just glossy covers—they offer an insider's perspective into the inner workings of the Dream Factory. They narrate tales of success and stardom against a backdrop of political tension and cultural upheaval. Each book serves as a time machine, transporting you back to an era where fame was new, the films were black and white, and the parties were anything but. So whether you're a die-hard film buff, a curious historian, or just a casual reader fascinated by the allure of Old Hollywood, these books are your golden ticket. Dive in, and let the splendour of Hollywood’s Golden Age take your breath away!

[smart_toy This introduction is experimentally generated by AI]

『The Star Machine』

The Star Machineの表紙

ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER'S 100 GREATEST FILM BOOKS OF ALL TIME • From one of our most distinguished film scholars, comes a rich, penetrating, amusing book about the golden age of movies and how the studios worked to manufacture stars. With revelatory insights and delightful asides, Jeanine Basinger shows us how the studio “star machine” worked when it worked, how it failed when it didn't, and how irrelevant it could sometimes be. She gives us case studies focusing on big stars groomed into the system: the “awesomely beautiful” (and disillusioned) Tyrone Power; the seductive, disobedient Lana Turner; and a dazzling cast of others. She anatomizes their careers, showing how their fame happened, and what happened to them as a result. Deeply engrossing, full of energy, wit, and wisdom, The Star Machine is destined to become an classic of the film canon.

Author Jeanine Basinger
Price unknown
Publisher Vintage
Release Date Jan 06, 2009
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『Pictures at a Revolution』

Pictures at a Revolutionの表紙

Documents the cultural revolution behind the making of 1967's five Best Picture-nominated films, including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, Doctor Doolittle, In the Heat of the Night, and Bonnie and Clyde, in an account that discusses how the movies reflected period beliefs about race, violence, and identity. 40,000 first printing.

Author Mark Harris
Price unknown
Publisher Penguin
Release Date Jan 01, 2008
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『Easy Riders Raging Bulls』

Easy Riders Raging Bullsの表紙

In 1969, a low-budget biker movie, Easy Rider, shocked Hollywood with its stunning success. An unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (onscreen and off), Easy Rider heralded a heady decade in which a rebellious wave of talented young filmmakers invigorated the movie industry. In Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind takes us on the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s, an era that produced such modern classics as The Godfather, Chinatown, Shampoo, Nashville, Taxi Driver, and Jaws. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls vividly chronicles the exuberance and excess of the times: the startling success of Easy Rider and the equally alarming circumstances under which it was made, with drugs, booze, and violent rivalry between costars Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda dominating the set; how a small production company named BBS became the guiding spirit of the youth rebellion in Hollywood and how, along the way, some of its executives helped smuggle Huey Newton out of the country; how director Hal Ashby was busted for drugs and thrown in jail in Toronto; why Martin Scorsese attended the Academy Awards with an FBI escort when Taxi Driver was nominated; how George Lucas, gripped by anxiety, compulsively cut off his own hair while writing Star Wars, how a modest house on Nicholas Beach occupied by actresses Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt became the unofficial headquarters for the New Hollywood; how Billy Friedkin tried to humiliate Paramount boss Barry Diller; and how screenwriter/director Paul Schrader played Russian roulette in his hot tub. It was a time when an "anything goes" experimentation prevailed both on the screen and off. After the success of Easy Rider, young film-school graduates suddenly found themselves in demand, and directors such as Francis Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese became powerful figures. Even the new generation of film stars -- Nicholson, De Niro, Hoffman, Pacino, and Dunaway -- seemed a breed apart from the traditional Hollywood actors. Ironically, the renaissance would come to an end with Jaws and Star Wars, hugely successful films that would create a blockbuster mentality and crush innovation. Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this is the full, candid story of Hollywood's last golden age. Never before have so many celebrities talked so frankly about one another and about the drugs, sex, and money that made so many of them crash and burn. By turns hilarious and shocking, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is the ultimate behind-the-scenes account of Hollywood at work and play.

Author Peter Biskind
Price $16.99
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date Dec 13, 2011
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『The Big Goodbye』

The Big Goodbyeの表紙

From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, Five A.M. and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpiece Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history. Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of "The Kid" Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written. Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story, The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie-world books ever written. Praise for Sam Wasson: "Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalities...More than that, he understands that style matters, and, like his subjects, he has a flair for it." - The New Yorker "Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out, lovingly." - Hilton Als

Author Sam Wasson
Price $11.99
Publisher Flatiron Books
Release Date Feb 04, 2020
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『City of Nets』

City of Netsの表紙

History of Hollywood in the 1940's

Author Otto Friedrich
Price unknown
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date May 02, 1997
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『Hollywood Babylon』

Hollywood Babylonの表紙

An anthology of indescretion compiled from 60 years' exposure to America's entertainment industry, which makes the original Hollywood Babylon look tame, polite and restrained. In the first volume in a new series, Blood Moon apply the tabloid standards of today to the scandals of Hollywood's golden age, also including shocking rundowns of today's Hollywood scandals in the making. Includes chapters on Well Hung Hollywood, Victors and Losers in the Battle of the Bulge, Fan-Worship and Necrophilia, Murder, Marilyn, a Death in a Dinghy and more lurid revelations!

Author Darwin Porter/Danforth Prince
Price unknown
Publisher Blood Moon Productions
Release Date Jan 01, 2008
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『The Age of Movies』

The Age of Moviesの表紙

A collection of signature writings by the former "The New Yorker" critic offers insight into her ability to capture cinematic details and includes appraisals of such works as "Bonnie and Clyde", "The Godfather", and "Last Tango in Paris."

Author Pauline Kael/Sanford Schwartz
Price unknown
Publisher
Release Date Jan 01, 2011
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『Complicated Women』

Complicated Womenの表紙

Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968. Before then, women on screen had come in two varieties - good or bad - sweet ingenue or vamp. Then two stars came along to blast away these common stereotypes. Garbo turned the femme fatale into a woman whose capacity for love and sacrifice made all other human emotions seem pale. Meanwhile, Norma Shearer succeeded in taking the ingenue to a place she'd never been: the bedroom. Garbo and Shearer took the stereotypes and made them complicated. In the wake of these complicated women came others, a deluge of indelible stars - Constance Bennett, Ruth Chatterton, Mae Clarke, Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Ann Harding, Jean Harlow, Miriam Hopkins, Dorothy Mackaill, Barbara Stanywyck, Mae West and Loretta Young all came into their own during the pre-Code era. These women pushed the limits and shaped their images along modern lines. Then, in July 1934, the draconian Production Code became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later. Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, takes readers on a tour of pre-Code films and reveals how this was the true golden age of women's films and how the movies of the pre-Code are still worth watching. The bold, pioneering and complicated women of the pre-Code era are about to take their place in the pantheon of film history, and America is about to reclaim a rich legacy.

Author Mick LaSalle
Price $11.99
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date Aug 05, 2014
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『Empire of Dreams』

Empire of Dreamsの表紙

BEST KNOWN AS THE DIRECTOR of such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments and King of Kings, Cecil B. DeMille lived a life as epic as any of his cinematic masterpieces. As a child DeMille learned the Bible from his father, a theology student and playwright who introduced Cecil and his older brother, William, to the theater. Tutored by impresario David Belasco, DeMille discovered how audiences responded to showmanship: sets, lights, costumes, etc. He took this knowledge with him to Los Angeles in 1913, where he became one of the movie pioneers, in partnership with Jesse Lasky and Lasky’s brother-in-law Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn). Working out of a barn on streets fragrant with orange blossom and pepper trees, the Lasky company turned out a string of successful silents, most of them directed by DeMille, who became one of the biggest names of the silent era. With films such as The Squaw Man, Brewster’s Millions, Joan the Woman, and Don’t Change Your Husband, he was the creative backbone of what would become Paramount Studios. In 1923 he filmed his first version of The Ten Commandments and later a second biblical epic, King of Kings, both enormous box-office successes. Although his reputation rests largely on the biblical epics he made, DeMille’s personal life was no morality tale. He remained married to his wife, Constance, for more than fifty years, but for most of the marriage he had three mistresses simultaneously, all of whom worked for him. He showed great loyalty to a small group of actors who knew his style, but he also discovered some major stars, among them Gloria Swanson, Claudette Colbert, and later, Charlton Heston. DeMille was one of the few silent-era directors who made a completely successful transition to sound. In 1952 he won the Academy Award for Best Picture with The Greatest Show on Earth. When he remade The Ten Commandments in 1956, it was an even bigger hit than the silent version. He could act, too: in Billy Wilder’s classic film Sunset Boulevard, DeMille memorably played himself. In the 1930s and 1940s DeMille became a household name thanks to the Lux Radio Theater, which he hosted. But after falling out with a union, he gave up the program, and his politics shifted to the right as he championed loyalty oaths and Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anticommunist witch hunts. As Scott Eyman brilliantly demonstrates in this superbly researched biography, which draws on a massive cache of DeMille family papers not available to previous biographers, DeMille was much more than his clichéd image. A gifted director who worked in many genres; a devoted family man and loyal friend with a highly unconventional personal life; a pioneering filmmaker: DeMille comes alive in these pages, a legend whose spectacular career defined an era.

Author Scott Eyman
Price $14.99
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date Sep 07, 2010
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

『Tinseltown』

Tinseltownの表紙

New York Times Bestseller • Edgar Award winner for Best Fact Crime The Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern film industry. By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. Yet Hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now. In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet. And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Along the way, Mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime—a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate. A true story recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers—and the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and historians for nearly a century.

Author William J. Mann
Price $13.99
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date Oct 14, 2014
Source Google Books
info Check the latest product info on each EC site before buying

Well, there you have it, folks! The crust and cream of Hollywood's golden years, laid bare for your perusal in our recommended collection of 10 standout narratives. Dive deep with these selections and you'll find yourself face to face with legends. Hard-edged noir to the glamour of star-studded red carpets; their stories often more dramatic than the roles they portrayed on-screen. Each book gives you a lens into the whirlwind of ambition, pain, success, and scandal that was Hollywood's Golden Age. Whether you're a cinema enthusiast, history buff, or simply in love with unforgettable tales, these books are bound to leave you spellbound. So pick one, or heck, snag them all, and take a stroll down the sepia-toned memory lanes of Tinsel Town's most flamboyant era. Happy reading!

[smart_toy This introduction is experimentally generated by AI]
[Notice]
The articles on this site are solely intended to create opportunities for encountering new books, and we do not guarantee the accuracy of the information. Therefore, we kindly ask that you thoroughly research the product information and details of each work on your own before making a purchase. We have no connection to the services provided by each e-commerce site, so please use them at your own responsibility.

verified_user Popular 30-day recommendations See more chevron_right

10 Best Political Fantasy Books with Intriguing Complexity!の表紙画像
groups 17人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Political Fantasy...

Alright, gang, let's dive into the swirling vortex of politi...
10 Best Self-Improvement Books on Romantic Love Psychology!の表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Self-Improvement ...

Hey there, brave souls marching in the battlefield of love! ...
10 Best Shoujo Manga Where Princesses Take The Lead! Princess Story Recommendations!の表紙画像
groups 13人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Shoujo Manga Wher...

Hey there, manga enthusiasts! Ever wondered about leading th...
10 Best Books on Presentation Techniques That Captivate with the Power of Words!の表紙画像
groups 2人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Books on Presenta...

Dazzle your audience, command the room, and convey your idea...
10 Best Psychological Young Adult Books that Delve Deep into the Human Heartの表紙画像
groups 2人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Psychological You...

Venturing into the mind never gets old; let's face it, we're...
10 Best Urban Legend Style Horror Books Straight Out of a Nightmare!の表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Urban Legend Styl...

Oh, come on, you love being scared, admit it. Remember those...

query_stats Recommendation for "novel" See more chevron_right

10 Best Political Fantasy Books with Intriguing Complexity!の表紙画像
groups 17人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Political Fantasy...

Alright, gang, let's dive into the swirling vortex of politi...
10 Best Psychological Young Adult Books that Delve Deep into the Human Heartの表紙画像
groups 2人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Psychological You...

Venturing into the mind never gets old; let's face it, we're...
10 Best Urban Legend Style Horror Books Straight Out of a Nightmare!の表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Urban Legend Styl...

Oh, come on, you love being scared, admit it. Remember those...
10 Best Victorian-Era History Books Depicting 19th Century British Life!の表紙画像
groups 12人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Victorian-Era His...

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the opulence, myst...
10 Best Modern Romance Books Depicting Love-related Worriesの表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Modern Romance Bo...

There's no doubting the universal appeal of a good love stor...
10 Best Medical Mystery Books Set in the Healthcare Field!の表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Medical Mystery B...

Get ready to delve into a world where white coats, stethosco...

query_stats Recommendation for "self-help" See more chevron_right

10 Best Self-Improvement Books on Romantic Love Psychology!の表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Self-Improvement ...

Hey there, brave souls marching in the battlefield of love! ...
10 Best Books on Self-Promotion Techniques to Effectively Market Yourself!の表紙画像
groups 4人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Books on Self-Pro...

Hey, you! Yes, you. You've got an amazing skill or maybe a f...
10 Best Books on Presentation Techniques That Captivate with the Power of Words!の表紙画像
groups 2人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Books on Presenta...

Dazzle your audience, command the room, and convey your idea...
10 Best Books on Time Management for Effective Use of Timeの表紙画像
groups 3人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Books on Time Man...

We all strive to make the most out of our precious 24 hours ...
10 Best Mindfulness Books for Learning Meditationの表紙画像
groups 2人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Mindfulness Books...

As our lives speed up with the demands of work, relationship...
10 Best Creativity Books to Enhance Your Self-Expressionの表紙画像
groups 3人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Creativity Books ...

So, you're an aspiring Picasso, eh? Well, the good news is c...

query_stats Recommendation for "Nonfiction" See more chevron_right

10 Best Self-Improvement Books on Romantic Love Psychology!の表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Self-Improvement ...

Hey there, brave souls marching in the battlefield of love! ...
10 Best Books on Self-Promotion Techniques to Effectively Market Yourself!の表紙画像
groups 4人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Books on Self-Pro...

Hey, you! Yes, you. You've got an amazing skill or maybe a f...
10 Best Lifelong Learning Books for Living Your Authentic Lifeの表紙画像
groups 3人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Lifelong Learning...

Get ready, dear readers, for a change of pace. The tradition...
10 Best Self-Improvement Books to Acquire Adaptive Thinking!の表紙画像
groups 2人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Self-Improvement ...

Get ready to level up, folks! Here's a madly insightful comp...
10 Best Personal Branding Books to Create Your Own Brandsの表紙画像
groups 4人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Personal Branding...

Alright guys, let's get real. We all know that creating a pe...
10 Best Business Books to Sharpen Your Business Skillsの表紙画像
groups 3人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Business Books to...

'So, you want to dominate in the business world, huh? You've...

query_stats Recommendation for "Mystery" See more chevron_right

10 Best Social Mystery Books Addressing Contemporary Issues!の表紙画像
groups 7人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Social Mystery Bo...

Mystery lovers, get ready to take a thrilling ride - a ride ...
10 Best Ocean -Themed Fantasy Books about Mysteries and Magic of The Deep Seaの表紙画像
groups 9人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Ocean -Themed Fan...

Alright, all you saltwater souls and marine dreamers, get re...
10 Best Medical Mystery Books Set in the Healthcare Field!の表紙画像
groups 6人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Medical Mystery B...

Get ready to delve into a world where white coats, stethosco...
Master Detectives Solve in a Flash! Top 3 Recommended Mystery Novels!の表紙画像
groups 9人
Book Recommendations

Master Detectives Solve i...

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling journey into the worl...
10 Best Medical Mystery Books! Solve the Mysteries of Hospitalsの表紙画像
groups 1人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Medical Mystery B...

Hey there, bookworms! Get ready to dive into the thrilling w...
10 Best Sea Mystery Books Offering Tense Maritime Suspense!の表紙画像
groups 1人
Book Recommendations

10 Best Sea Mystery Books...

Rolling waves, eerie fog, and the chilling vastness of the d...

verified New Recommendations See more chevron_right

歌が上手くなる方法の本 おすすめ8選の表紙画像
groups 0人
Book Recommendations

歌が上手くなる方法の本 おすすめ8選

歌が上手くなりたい、そんな夢を持つあなたにピッタリな8冊をご紹介します。これらの本は、基本的な歌唱法から高度なテクニック...
ユーモアセンスの磨き方の本 おすすめ5選の表紙画像
groups 0人
Book Recommendations

ユーモアセンスの磨き方の本 おすすめ5選

キミはユーモアセンスを磨くための良い本を探しているんだね!それなら、ここで紹介する5つの本がお手伝いするよ。第一に、その...
メンタルを強くする方法の本 おすすめ10選の表紙画像
groups 0人
Book Recommendations

メンタルを強くする方法の本 おすすめ10選

人生の困難な局面で強さを見せることは誰しもが目指すことでしょう。今回はそんな「メンタルを強くする方法」をテーマにした本を...
英単語の覚え方の本 おすすめ7選の表紙画像
groups 0人
Book Recommendations

英単語の覚え方の本 おすすめ7選

英語の単語は、頻出度の高いものから始めていきましょう。なぜなら、それが最も効率的だからです。そして、出来るだけ自然な文脈...
貝の図鑑 おすすめ7選 様々な貝殻を見て楽しめる♪の表紙画像
groups 0人
Book Recommendations

貝の図鑑 おすすめ7選 様々な貝殻を見て楽しめる♪

皆さん、こんにちは!今日は「貝の図鑑」に焦点を当てて、見て楽しめる素敵な7作品をご紹介します。色とりどりの貝殻の世界は、...
業務マニュアルの作り方の本 おすすめ5選の表紙画像
groups 0人
Book Recommendations

業務マニュアルの作り方の本 おすすめ5選

業務マニュアル作りが初めての方、既に作っているけれどもう少しブラッシュアップしたい方に、そしてこれからその道を目指す人た...