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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Narrator (voice)
... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
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'
... Herself - Author of 'Frankly, My Dear'
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself - Author of 'Inside Warner Bros.'
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Himself - Author of 'Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success'
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)


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Release Date:

2 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1939: El gran año de Hollywood  »

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1.33 : 1
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22 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

If you're a seasoned classic film fan or film history buff, then this documentary of Hollywood in 1939 will offer no new insights or information.

I was surprised at how many films were glossed over or only briefly examined: Wuthering Heights, Intermezzo: A Love Story, Son of Frankenstein, and The Rains Came are all worthy of attention, yet all are barely given a paragraph. It's sad. As important as The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind are, can't other films from that year get some love for once? There's nothing overtly awful or revisionist about this documentary, but it's nothing special. Only newcomers to classic film will find anything of interest here.

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