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Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets

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Una lectura no apta para todo el mundo, ni por su contenido ni por su crudeza, pero que yo personalmente, he disfrutado de la primera a la última página. Many years ago I lived in the courtyard apartments Charlie Chaplin built for his crew across the street from his studio on La Brea Avenue. Actor John Bowers who lost all his money when he invested in a failed flying school, he became penniless and depressed. Trying to discern meaning from this has proven the perfect voyeuristic conclusion to the ultimate voyeur's book. It might be to avoid claims of libel or slander (such as a chapter about gay movie stars; he never once SAYS Cary Grant is gay, but shows a half dozen photos of Cary and a close male friend in that chapter, leaving the reader to draw the obvious conclusion), but it’s also part of the aesthetic unity of this book.

I will read the "coffee table" edition someday, but for the time being this is satisfying enough, and truer to its form. The most famous images from "Intolerance" involve the massive set of Babylon, with giant columns topped by white elephants - every bit of that being perfect ironic, thematic fodder for Anger's book. This includes actor George Sanders, Jack Dougherty, husband of Barbara La Marr, Lupe Velez, Jonathan Hale, Gig Young and his young wife Kim Schmidt’s double suicide, Mae West’s lover John Indrisano, actress Peg Entwistle, Charles Boyer, Clara Blandick, Alan Ladd, Chester Morris, Inger Stevens, Margaret Sullivan, and others.And hereafter, Anger's book becomes a litany of the notorious: the drug death of Wallace Reid, the rape and manslaughter trial of Fatty Arbuckle and so forth. Hollywood Babylon also features chapters on the Fatty Arbuckle Virginia Rappe scandal, the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the Hollywood Blacklist, the murder of Sharon Tate, and the Confidential magazine lawsuits. Rabid, overheated, at times incoherent, this is a sleazy book that I felt a little bad for finishing (and the ending of the book is the weakest, worst, most rushed part). Originally published in Paris, this is a collection of Hollywood's darkest and best kept secrets from the pen of Kenneth Anger, a former child movie actor who grew up to become one of America's leading underground film-makers. But no matter, Anger's book is breezily written; the book is a model of informational compression -- much crammed into nicely phrased sentences.

The book details alleged scandals of Hollywood stars from the silent era through to the 1960s, including Charles Chaplin, Lupe Vélez, Mary Nolan, Rudolph Valentino, Marie Prevost, Mary Astor, Wallace Reid, Olive Thomas, Jeanne Eagels, Thelma Todd, Errol Flynn, Frances Farmer, Juanita Hansen, Mae Murray, Alma Rubens, John Gilbert, Barbara La Marr, Ramon Novarro, Jean Harlow, Carole Landis, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe. Upon its second release in 1975, The New York Times said of it, "If a book such as this can be said to have charm, it lies in the fact that here is a book without one single redeeming merit. There's a difference: the 1965 version is packaged like that of a sleaze-gossip rag in 95 cent paperback form, versus the 1975 edition, which was published again after the ban was lifted, Anger having cleaned up some of his facts, embellished some of the fluidity and structure of the book, and laid out higher quality images into a "coffee table" hardcover format.Later, the Klan assaulted Haines and Shields when they were coming out of a party at El Porto beach in Los Angeles. Who knows after 50+ years how true that is, except that this is a scarcer edition than the original one published in France in the late 1950's. Griffith, the Gish Sisters and the origin of "Hollywood Babylon" (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 1)". When MGM found out that William Haines, an upcoming star of the studio was gay, studio started rumors that he was in love with actress Pola Negri and they were getting married.

It's the brevity of some of these "shocking" stories that make the book almost laughably inconsequential (he covers the HUAC hearings in 3 short pages). The author was an insider who worked in Hollywood as a child-star and got to know many well-known personalities in movie business. His stories are reliable and they have been quoted in many articles in Wikipedia, blogs and books on the history of Hollywood. When, in many cases, actual facts are widely available, Anger ignores them in favor of titillating conjecture. Alexander Pantages came from Athens, Greece and made fortune during Klondike gold strike and owned vaudeville houses and about 60 theaters.This book is a second volume with the same title and fills in the material not covered in the first book and additional info about less-known stars. While pics were an important part of part I, here there are some actual photo essays presented entirely without words. hardcover with dust jacket, tight, pages clear and bright, shelf and edge wear, corners bumped, date stamp on flyleaf, dust jacket is present but worn with rubbing and chipping, packaged in cardboard box for shipment, tracking on U. Later he intentionally drowned in Pacific Ocean and his body recovered from the Malibu Beach in California.

It's Kenneth Anger's "Hollywood Babylon" and in a sense it is a life-blood to an art form and culture that he loves and hates. Kenneth Anger is a well-known author who wrote the best seller “Hollywood Babylon,” and revealed many interesting stories about the stars of the pre-code era.He had one too many drinks at the party and while driving at Pacific Coast Highway near Santa Monica Canyon, he lost control and careened off into the oncoming traffic which resulted in three deaths. But his sexual assault on a young Eunice Pringle, a school dropout and would-be dancer dethroned him as the commander-in-chief of movie theaters. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Used books have different signs of use and might not include supplemental materials such as CDs, Dvds, Access Codes, charts or any other extra material.

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