An off screen narrator goes through the life and career of some of Hollywood's most famous figures, both those in front of and behind the cameras. These documentaries use still photographs as a pictorial collage of famous moments in their lives. They primarily focus on the Hollywood movie career of the subject, but also delve into other professional works as well as providing key information regarding their personal life. Written by
It's hard to judge an entire series based on one episode, but....
I recently purchased the newest Harold Lloyd DVD collection "Smiles and Spectacles". One of the DVD extras was an episode of Hollywood HIST-O-RAMA and naturally it was the one on Harold Lloyd. At only about 6 minutes, it tried to accomplish the impossible task of summing up his entire career--no small feat for a man who was one of the great comic geniuses of the silent era. And so, in an extremely fast-paced style, it tried. The super-fast-talking narrator spoke so quickly I struggled to keep up with him! And, sadly, much of what they said and how they summed up Lloyd's films was totally wrong! Most of his finest films were ignored and his absolute worst sound film, THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK was featured prominently since the film was in the public domain! What a mess--and what a lousy history lesson for anyone interested in the topic. If you are trying to learn something, don't watch this series. Otherwise, I guess it's okay entertainment if you can follow the blistering pace.
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