The Untold Story Behind America's Favorite MoviesBook - 2002
Complemented by a collection of classic film stills, this behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Hollywood offers an inside study of the making of such famous films as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Woman of the Year, and Casablanca and the personal lives of the left-wing screenwriters, directors, and actors behind Hollywood's Golden Age. 12,500 first printing.
Radical Hollywood is the first comprehensive history of the Hollywood Left. From the dawn of sound movies to the early 1950s, Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner trace the political and personal lives of the screenwriters, actors, directors, and producers on the Left and the often decisive impact of their work upon American film’s Golden Age.
Full of rich anecdotes, biographical detail, and explorations of movies well known, unjustly forgotten, and delightfully bizarre, the book is “an intelligent, well argued and absorbing examination of how politics and art can make startling and often strange bedfellows” (Publishers Weekly). Featuring an insert of rare film stills, Radical Hollywood relates the story behind the story of films in such genres as crime, women’s films, family cinema, war, animation, and, particularly, film noir.
Looks at the inner workings of Hollywood, offering an inside study of the making of famous films and the personal lives of left-wing screenwriters, directors, and actors.