The history of Hollywood film from the medium's invention to the birth of the New Hollywood in 1970.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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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 / ... (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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The history of Hollywood film from the medium's invention to the birth of the New Hollywood in 1970.

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Narrator: Dress British, think yiddish.
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pastiche of history....
7 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series shown during the holiday season on TCM has recently been re- broadcast. Narrated in part by the prolific Christopher Plummer, it gives one the sense of the origins, of film, the earlier Swanson and silent film era, and the later studio system, and then TV culture.

You will see many different episodes here, and the facts are well-delineated. The early silent films, with the candle light effects of the film "Queen Kelly" starring Gloria Swanson and produced by financier Joseph P.Kennedy (JFK's father.) This type of series is so very valuable when we see other networks offering serial tripe (Greg Kinnear as JFK on "Reelz" channel).

The era of the movie moguls, Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer, and his grandson, talking about the business.

We also see the era of the 1950's, Monroe, John Wayne, Jane Russell and the power of Howard Hughes at that time.

There are also some wonderful interviews with Carl Laemmle's niece who recalls the experience of working on "The Phantom of The Opera" ( an amazing original DVD collection now available). There remains an historical Laemmle theater on the Santa Monica promenade today.Visit it if you are in town.

Overall this is a wonderful series which delineates old Hollywood, the star system and many of the past actors who now only leave their indelible, yet fleeting presence. James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner.

How amazing those films were, and we know we shall not see a repetition of this history ever again, sadly, in American cinema. 10/10.


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