Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood

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University Press of Kentucky, Jun 29, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages

" ""Far and away the best film book published so far this year.""--National Board of Review Cecil B. DeMille was the most successful filmmaker in early Hollywood history. Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood is a detailed and definitive chronicle of the screen work that changed the course of film history and a fascinating look at how movies were actually made in Hollywood's Golden Age. Drawing extensively on DeMille's personal archives and other primary sources, Robert S. Birchard offers a revealing portrait of DeMille the filmmaker that goes behind studio gates and beyond DeMille's legendary persona. In his forty-five-year career DeMille's box-office record was unsurpassed, and his swaggering style established the public image for movie directors. DeMille had a profound impact on the way movies tell stories and brought greater attention to the elements of decor, lighting, and cinematography. Best remembered today for screen spectacles such as The Ten Commandments and Samson and Delilah, DeMille also created Westerns, realistic "chamber dramas," and a series of daring and highly influential social comedies. He set the standard for Hollywood filmmakers and demanded absolute devotion to his creative vision from his writers, artists, actors, and technicians.

 

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Contents

Something to Think About
Forbidden Fruit
The Affairs of Anatol
Fools Paradise
Saturday Night
Manslaughter
Adams
The Ten Commandments

The Warrens of Virginia
The Unafraid
The Captive
The Wild Goose Chase
The Arab
Chimmie Fadden
Kindling
Maria Rosa
Carmen
Temptation
Chimmie Fadden Out West
The Cheat
The Golden Chance
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
The Heart of Nora Flynn
The Dream Girl
Joan the Woman
A Romance of the Redwoods
The Little American
The Woman God Forgot
The Devil Stone
The Whispering Chorus
Old Wives for
We Cant Have Everything
Till I Come Back to
The Squaw Man first remake
Dont Change Your Husband
For Better For Worse
Male and Female
Why Change Your Wife?
Triumph
Feet of Clay
The Golden
The Road to Yesterday
The Volga Boatman
The King of Kings
The Godless Girl
Dynamite
Madam Satan
The Squaw Man second remake
The Sign of the Cross
This Day and
Four Frightened People
Cleopatra
The Crusades
The Plainsman
The Buccaneer
Union Pacific
North West Mounted Police
Reap the Wild Wind
The Story of Dr Wassell
Unconquered
Samson and Delilah
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Ten Commandments
Appendix
Appendix C
Notes
Bibliography
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About the author (2004)

Author Robert S. Birchard is an award-winning film and video editor and noted film historian whose books include Cecil B. De Mille's Hollywood, King Cowboy--Tom Mix and the Movies, and Silent-Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara. Birchard has appeared on television's History Detectives and in the documentaries Cecil B. De Mille: American Epic and The Woman With the Hungry Eyes--The Life and Films of Theda Bara.

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