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Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 

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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Series cast summary:
Christopher Plummer ...  Narrator 7 episodes, 2010
Daniel Selznick Daniel Selznick ...  Himself - Grandson of Louis B. Mayer / ... 7 episodes, 2010
Gregory Orr ...  Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner / ... 6 episodes, 2010
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 2010
A. Scott Berg A. Scott Berg ...  Himself - Interviewee / ... 6 episodes, 2010
Steven J. Ross Steven J. Ross ...  Himself - Film Historian 5 episodes, 2010
Leonard Maltin ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Cari Beauchamp ...  Herself - Interviewee / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Richard D. Zanuck ...  Himself - Producer / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Robert Osborne ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Tony Maietta Tony Maietta ...  Himself - Interviewee / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Jeffrey Vance ...  Himself - Interviewee / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Marc Norman Marc Norman ...  Himself - Screenwriter / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Donald Bogle Donald Bogle ...  Himself - Interviewee / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Thomas Schatz Thomas Schatz ...  Himself - Film Historian 4 episodes, 2010
Peter Bogdanovich ...  Himself - Director, Film Historian / ... 4 episodes, 2010
Carla Laemmle ...  Herself - Niece of Carl Laemmle 4 episodes, 2010
David Stenn ...  Himself / ... 4 episodes, 2010
Bob Balaban ...  Himself - Actor, Director 4 episodes, 2010
Jeanine Basinger Jeanine Basinger ...  Herself - Interviewee / ... 4 episodes, 2010
Scott Eyman Scott Eyman ...  Himself / ... 4 episodes, 2010
Molly Haskell ...  Herself - Interviewee / ... 4 episodes, 2010
Anthony Slide Anthony Slide ...  Himself - Film Historian 3 episodes, 2010
Marc Wanamaker Marc Wanamaker ...  Himself - Film Historian and Photo Archivist / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Gore Vidal ...  Himself - Author / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Jim Zukor Jim Zukor ...  Himself - Grandson of Adolph Zukor 3 episodes, 2010
Andrew Bergman ...  Himself - Interviewee / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Kathleen Sharp Kathleen Sharp ...  Herself - Lew Wasserman Biographer / ... 3 episodes, 2010
George Stevens Jr. ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 2010
David Thomson 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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USA

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English

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1 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Μεγιστάνες και αστέρες: Η ιστορία του Χόλιγουντ See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Narrator: Dress British, think yiddish.
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Just because moguls have one, does not mean they have to be one (it rhymes with stick)
30 January 2019 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

I enjoyed the first episode which explains in some good level of detail how the actual film camera was invented, then became a competition globally to improve the quality of the camera and film, and only then did the European immigrants who arrived in America assess that the film industry could become a very lucrative business.

Even with seven (7) episodes in total and over 7 hours of movie history which touched on the Hollywood motion picture industry leaders which were the studio presidents of the largest production theaters such as MGM, Paramount, Warner and Fox, this documentary series barely touches on how these movie moguls created their movie empires and more importantly held off at bay the many lawsuits which were to follow both for personal and commercial reasons. In fairness there is over 120 years of history to cover in this trillion dollar movie industry if you include anyone who made their living from the movie industry.

I did learn a few new personal things about the moguls and movie stars but overall I found this documentary exaggerated the "cinderella stories" of some of the moguls and movie stars and deliberately refrained from providing any real insight into the personal lives of the most influential moguls and movie stars.

I didn't find that any of the seven (7) episodes other than the first episode enticed me to want to watch each successive episode. There are quite a few instances in this series where we hear directly from the children and/or the grandchildren of these famous movie moguls, directors and movie stars, but rarely did they provide any real insight into the pros and cons of their famous fathers/grandfathers, rather, they kept their images as if they were all kind and hard working renaissance men/women.

Let's face it, the Hollywood of the 1900's -2000's was a cess pool of debauchery, lawsuits, lies and backstabbing. That's what made Hollywood and America great.


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