REVIEW ↠ The Whole Euation A History of Hollywood

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The passion vanity calculation and gossip of Hollywood and the films it has given us This one volume history is a brilliant and illuminating overview of “the wonder in the dark”–and the staggering impact Hollywood and its films has had on American culture. I picked up this book because I love David Thomson I bought it because of this line Charlie Chaplin fucked like a very wealthy man with an utterly private life

REVIEW The Whole Euation A History of Hollywood

The Whole Euation A History of Hollywood

E Euation Thomson takes us from DW Griffith Charlie Chaplin and the first movies of mass appeal to Louis B Mayer who understood what movies meant to America–and reaped the profits From The Whole EpubCapra to Kidman and Hitchcock to Nicholson Thomson examines. This book was very different from what I initially thought it would be Although it claims to be A History of Hollywood it really is a personal musing about film that uses Hollywood as a framework It took some getting used to as Thomson s style in this book is very collouial with lots of parenthetical flights But once I got onto his wavelength I found it be uite a good book He brings up philosophical uestions about film as opposed to say books that I hadn t ever thought about and there are a number of overarching themes to follow through the story If you are seriously interested in film this book is worth checking out

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With the same style and insight he brought Euation A Kindle #211 to his previous studies of American cinema acclaimed critic David Thomson masterfully evokes the history of America’s love affair with the movies and the tangled history of Hollywood in The Whol. David Thomson tells the history of American cinema with enthusiasm and wit loaded with sass and bile he still manages to convey a great love for the medium despite being painfully aware that it has always been a place for hucksters and conmen to screw over everyone it can in the never ending hunt for a uick buck In Thomson s Hollywood nothing is straightforward everybody has an ulterior motive and nobody gets away clean His love of noir and especially Chinatown is apparent in this approach He readily reveres the legends of the business and their skill in giving birth to an American artform that is at the same time a business that runs itself contrary to those principles that make their so called great country but is willing to acknowledge that all men are fallible it is these weaknesses this fallbile nature that provide the ingredients for an interesting story well told the juxtaposition with the fantasy world of good overcoming evil beauty being mandatory and instant gratification they strive to inflict upon the world as the only right way to behave is not lost on the author or the readerHis metaphors are colourful and playful and occasionally borderline offensive witness the way he talks about Louis B Mayer et al screwing over Joan Crawford for example Joan Crawford swallowed her share of cum and her lips shone in close ups How do you think lip gloss got invented it s less about the sexual acts Crawford is said to have performed for money pre fame and about the way the industry used and abused people Well I m taking it as a deliberate button pushing metaphor anywayAnecdotal in nature he tries to tell not just the story of the town and the business but the way the art and the business the producers and the audience the country and the society that allowed it to flourish are intrinsically linked he doesn t uite manage to tie it all together in a neat package but he gives it a damned good shot and leaves you with the thought Why does so much in American films supports the worst views held of us in other parts of the world that we are combat ready aggresive adolescent greedy sensationalists without humour depth or imagination rampant devotees of technology as opposed to enlightentent which is an entirely accurate statement both on American cinema and the way the country is seen and in looking back over this excellent absorbing and ideosynchratic history of Hollywood you ll realise the answer has been apparent from the moment moving pictures were invented


10 thoughts on “The Whole Euation A History of Hollywood

  1. says:

    David Thomson tells the history of American cinema with enthusiasm and wit loaded with sass and bile he still manages to convey a great love for the medium despite being painfully aware that it has always been a place for hucksters and conme

  2. says:

    David Thomson is in love with movies which is not surprising in itself given his profession Luckily for us not so much for him his is the bitter exasperated kind of love that an intelligent man might conceive against his will for a brainless little skank It’s this ambivalent uality that gives his criticism its torue propelling it beyond the naïve boosterism of the standard Entertainment Weekly pufferyBut I

  3. says:

    A very entertaining history of the rise and fall of Hollywood and American movies

  4. says:

    The Whole Euation was a doomed enterprise from the very start of course at least in a way one man one volume could not hope to encompass the whole of Hollywood's history from its inception in the 19th Century to the 21st

  5. says:

    It is frustrating how well David Thompson writes about film considering how little he seems to respect it Film through Thompson's le

  6. says:

    This book was very different from what I initially thought it would be Although it claims to be A History of Hollywood it really is a personal musing about film that uses Hollywood as a framework It took some get

  7. says:

    I started reading this book in September 2005 and made it to the 3rd chapter while on a cruise Theoretically I am still currently reading However I really don't know that I will have the gumption to finish the book It was rather dry and not real interesing to me but perhaps that is just me It seems to me to be difficult t

  8. says:

    In which David Thomson talks at meandering length about the movies The style is what Rob Langham would call talking in stat

  9. says:

    I picked up this book because I love David Thomson; I bought it because of this line 'Charlie Chaplin fucked like a very wealthy man with an utterly private life'

  10. says:

    Passionate knowledgeable grumpy and idiosyncratic to say the least film critic Thomson's history of Hollywood centres on what he terms 'the whole euation' of the industry the art and the business While I enjoyed his succinct and astute pen portraits of films both familiar and unfamiliar he's fairly dismissive of the notion that any but a t

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