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

Watch Now

From $6.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2010  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Story of Film: An Odyssey (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov
Hollywood (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary about women working in factories during WWII and resultant loss of jobs after the war. Five women tell their stories. Fascinating clips of racist, sexist propaganda of the era.

Director: Connie Field
Stars: Wanita Allen, Gladys Belcher, Lyn Childs
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead, a vulgar ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine
The Grim Game (1919)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jailed unjustly for a murder he did not commit, a young man uses his amazing powers of escape to free himself and pursue the actual killers, who hold his fiancée captive.

Director: Irvin Willat
Stars: Harry Houdini, Thomas Jefferson, Ann Forrest
American Cinema (TV Series 1995)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Stars: John Lithgow, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Modine
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Somewhere in the world right now--much closer than you think--people are playing with trains. You might not see them at first, but they're there. In basements. In garages. In converted Army... See full summary »

Director: Sara Kelly
Stars: Michael Gross, Tom Stechschulte
Atlantic City (1980)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer finds themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid
Yellowstone (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Filmed over the course of a year in Yellowstone, this documentary tracks the area's wildlife as they grapple with life and death within one of America's last remaining wilderness regions.

Stars: Peter Firth, Jeff Henry, Dick Powell
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Comedians Ed Byrne and Dara O Briain embark on an epic 4,000-mile adventure.

Stars: Dara O'Briain, Ed Byrne, Waleska Oporta
Victorian Farm (TV Series 2009)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Stars: Stephen Noonan, Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Using a unique blend of living history elements, CGI, first-person interviews and never-before-seen WWII footage, this dramatic four-part documentary series follows a new generation of ... See full summary »

Stars: Len Bawtree, Christopher Bigler, Mike Chalk
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Narrator (7 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Selznick ...
 Himself - Grandson of Louis B. Mayer / ... (7 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
A. Scott Berg ...
 Himself - Interviewee / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
Steven J. Ross ...
 Himself - Film Historian (5 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
Cari Beauchamp ...
 Herself - Interviewee / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself - Producer / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
Tony Maietta ...
 Himself - Interviewee / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
...
 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)
...
 Himself - Director, Film Historian / ... (4 episodes, 2010)
Carla Laemmle ...
 Herself - Niece of Carl Laemmle (4 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2010)
...
 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)
...
 Himself - Author / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
Jim Zukor ...
 Himself - Grandson of Adolph Zukor (3 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself - Interviewee / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
Kathleen Sharp ...
 Herself - Lew Wasserman Biographer / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
David Thomson ...
 Himself - Film Historian / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 November 2010 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Himself - Narrator: Dress British, think yiddish.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
muddled finale jarnoldfan
Hollywood Blacklist: same-o, same-o jarnoldfan
PLEASE Put on On Demand!!! yabbadabbadu2
Weirdness martygraphics
more omissions bcstoneb444

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?