The history of Hollywood film from the medium's invention to the birth of the New Hollywood in 1970.
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 Narrator (7 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Selznick ...
 Himself - Grandson of Louis B. Mayer / ... (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
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A. Scott Berg ...
 Himself - Interviewee / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
Steven J. Ross ...
 Himself - Film Historian (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
Cari Beauchamp ...
 Herself - Interviewee / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself - Producer / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
Tony Maietta ...
 Himself - Interviewee / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself - Interviewee / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
Marc Norman ...
 Himself - Screenwriter / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
Donald Bogle ...
 Himself - Interviewee / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
Thomas Schatz ...
 Himself - Film Historian (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself - Director, Film Historian / ... (4 episodes, 2010)
Carla Laemmle ...
 Herself - Niece of Carl Laemmle (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself - Actor, Director (4 episodes, 2010)
Jeanine Basinger ...
 Herself - Interviewee / ... (4 episodes, 2010)
Scott Eyman ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2010)
Molly Haskell ...
 Herself - Interviewee / ... (4 episodes, 2010)
Anthony Slide ...
 Himself - Film Historian (3 episodes, 2010)
Marc Wanamaker ...
 Himself - Film Historian and Photo Archivist / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself - Author / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
Jim Zukor ...
 Himself - Grandson of Adolph Zukor (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself - Interviewee / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
Kathleen Sharp ...
 Herself - Lew Wasserman Biographer / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
David Thomson ...
 Himself - Film Historian / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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I thought I knew it all.
22 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I should be clear that I am a film history buff, and i really thought I knew pretty much everything there was to know, until I saw Moguls and Movie stars.

The documentary starts off in the penny arcades, where we are told that films are considered the entertainment choice of the poor and less educated. This quickly dismissed medium soon takes the world by storm.

We then learn how powerful women where at the beginning stages of Hollywood, working as writers and directors, and producing some of the biggest films of the era. The documentary examines the pre-Hayes code films, and what Hollywood did to clean up its own image.

Hollywood's handling of Hitler and World War II is told with amazing insight, and it contains a real eye opening story on how Casleblanca may never had been made if it weren't for Pearl Harbor.

We then move on to the films of the 50's and 60's, and the story of James Dean is told. The series does end way too soon, as the 1970's, and the era of the cheap drive in flick don't get this stories told.

Christopher Plummer is amazing as the narrator, and makes the entire series enjoyable. Hopefully, another installment will be produced, connecting a hundred plus years of Hollywood. This is a must series for not only the true film buff like myself, or the novice with a new interest in the history of Hollywood.


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