MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot (Hardcover)

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    Steven Bingen is a writer who works at the Warner Brothers studio corporate archive. He has contributed to numerous publications and films, including the books In the Picture: Production Stills from the TCM Archive, King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon, Leading Couples, and You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story and the documentaries 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year; Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood; and Warner at War. He is the author of Warner Bros: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of. He lives in Los Angeles. Stephen X. Sylvester is a writer and the former executive director of the Wattles Mansion in Hollywood. He is the director and producer of the documentaries Gurdon W. Wattles: The Man and the Mansion; Richard Anderson: An Actor’s Journey; and Robert Kinoshita: Dreams, Designs and Robots. He lives in Hollywood, California. Michael Troyan has worked as an archivist at Disney and Warner Brothers studios. He is the author of A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson and he contributed to Disney A?Z, The Disney Poster Book, and The Disney Villains. He lives in Sacramento, California. Debbie Reynolds is an internationally acclaimed actress, singer, and dancer best known for her starring role in Singin' in the Rain as well as her number-one hit song "Tammy," from the film Tammy and the Bachelor, in which she also starred. Her title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown earned her an Academy Award nomination, and she won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Bobbi Adler in the sitcom Will & Grace. She lives in Los Angeles.

    M-G-M: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot is the illustrated history of the soundstages and outdoor sets where Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced many of the world’s most famous films. During its Golden Age, the studio employed the likes of Garbo, Astaire, and Gable, and produced innumerable iconic pieces of cinema such as The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, and Ben-Hur.

    It is estimated that a fifth of all films made in the United States prior to the 1970s were shot at MGM studios, meaning that the gigantic property was responsible for hundreds of iconic sets and stages, often utilizing and transforming minimal spaces and previously used props, to create some of the most recognizable and identifiable landscapes of modern movie culture.

    All of this happened behind closed doors, the backlot shut off from the public in a veil of secrecy and movie magic. M-G-M: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot highlights this fascinating film treasure by recounting the history, popularity, and success of the MGM company through a tour of its physical property.

    Featuring the candid, exclusive voices and photographs from the people who worked there, and including hundreds of rare and unpublished photographs (including many from the archives of Warner Bros.), readers are launched aboard a fun and entertaining virtual tour of Hollywood’s most famous and mysterious motion picture studio.


    ISBN 9781595800558
    Genre PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 311
    Publisher Date 2011-02-15 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Santa Monica Pr Llc
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 11.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 3.4 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Bingen, Steven

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