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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 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
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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History of the movies from the perspective of the mogul
14 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're coming to this seven part series expecting something like Brownlow's encyclopedic work "Hollywood" you'll be disappointed. This history really limits itself to the joint story of Hollywood and the moguls that formed and sustained the industry from the 1890's until the 1960's. The end of this period is marked by the retirement of Jack Warner, the last of the founding fathers of the industry and the last movie mogul.

What may confuse some people is that the first episode of the series really concentrates on the beginning of the movies and what led up to the invention of the motion picture. The early moguls are mentioned but not stressed in this first episode as they are in all the others. Movie stars are mentioned throughout the series as are important directors, but ultimately it is the story of the men who founded the first motion picture studios and how they navigated an industry through the changing times and the first 80 years of film history.


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