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The Bad and the Beautiful: Hollywood in the Fifties

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WITH FRESH EMPHASIS on little-known stories [and] an impressive number of eyewitnesses (Chicago Tribune), Sam Kashner and Jennifer MacNair present a revealing.... ever fascinating glimpse into the shadowy reality and hidden mores of Hollywood in what was popularly considered a decade of innocence (Suzanne Finstad). [S]urprisingly vivid accounts (People) of such public icons as Lana Turner. Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Mae West explore the private scandals exploited by tabloids such as Confidential. Highlighting Hollywood's curious religious revival with The Robe, the film industry's exploitation of the potboiler Peyton Place, and the life of anarchic director Nick Ray of the enduring classic Rebel without a Cause, the authors [give] a compelling sense (Kirkus Reviews) of the unique obsessions of the era and the city's attempts to reinvent the magic and mystery of its past glories.

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Kashner, an inveterate writer about Hollywood, and journalist MacNair discuss the Red-hunting, keyhole-peeping editor of Confidential magazine; the bitter, striving queens of Hollywood gossip; the forgotten, tortured artist William Inge, whose plays were turned into some of the biggest films of the decade, and other facets of the time and place.
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(Hollywood in the fifties )
Kashner, Sam
Macnair, Jennifer
W. W. Norton & Company
New York
Film - General
Film - History & Criticism
Motion pictures
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1st ed.
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380 p.
9.66x6.46x1.25 in. 1.48 lbs.

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