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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Documentary  |  2 July 2009 (USA)
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Thomas Schatz ...
Himself - Author of 'The Genius of the System'
F.X. Feeney ...
Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Scott Eyman ...
Himself - Author of 'Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer'
Jeanine Basinger ...
Herself - Author of 'The Star Machine'
Aubrey Solomon ...
Himself - Author of 'The Films of Twentieth Century-Fox'
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Joseph McBride ...
Himself - Author of 'Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success'
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Available on the Gone with the Wind (1939) Ultimate Collector's Edition and Scarlet Edition Blu-Ray releases, as well as the Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD. See more »

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Features The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) See more »

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Fluff and no substance with plenty of bore
17 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I fell asleep twice. The greatest year of movies? It was more like attending a college lecture. No passion. No excitement. The director brought no sense of style or storytelling to a vast canvas known as 1939.

No info here that you couldn't get on Google or Wikipedia, in fact that might be more informative.

Barely a whisper about Hattie McDaniel's historic Oscar win. Apparently Ingrid Bergman is no big deal either. WIZARD OF OZ could have been the centerpiece but again, it just breezes by.

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT.

Classic year, boring documentary. Maybe someday someone will pay the proper respect to the greatest year in cinema...1939.


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