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Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets [Anglais] [Poche]

Kenneth Anger
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Reissue of the legendary underground classic of Hollywood's darkest and best kept secrets!

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  • Poche: 448 pages
  • Editeur : Dell; Édition : New edition (15 novembre 1981)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0440153255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440153252
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,5 x 10,9 x 1,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.3 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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WHITE ELEPHANTS-the God of Hollywood wanted white elephants, and white elephants he got-eight of 'em, plaster mammoths perched on mega-mushroom pedestals, lording it over the colossal court of Belshazzar, the pasteboard Babylon built beside the dusty tin-lizzie trail called Sunset Boulevard. Lire la première page
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Mythologie hollywoodienne 9 mars 2010
Format:Poche
S'il est une photo qui résume à elle seule le contenu du brûlot culte de Kenneth Anger, c'est bien celle en double page de l'enseigne "Hollywood" qui trône au-dessus de Los Angeles. On y voit l'enseigne dans un piteux état, les lettres sont écaillées, il leur manque des bouts... Pour celui qui l'observerait de loin, elle conserverait toute sa splendeur et sa charge symbolique. Mais à y regarder de plus près, on s'aperçoit que le vernis glamour qui recouvrait aussi bien l'enseigne que l'âge d'or du cinéma hollywoodien tombe en décrépitude. A l'inverse des films de Kenneth Anger, il n'est ici absolument pas question d'occultisme, bien que le livre débute sur une citation d'Aleister Crowley. S'il inspecte une face obscure, c'est la face obscure d'Hollywood.
Commençant avec Intolerance, de Griffith et s'arrêtant sur le meurtre de Sharon Tate, Kenneth Anger raconte ici le Hollywood de l'excès, un univers décadent, peuplé de meurtres, de sexualité débridée, d'alcool, de drogues, de bains de champagne, d'actrices déchues, de baignoires en or dans des salles de bain en marbre. A chaque page, c'est une version trash de Boulevard du crépuscule, chef d'oeuvre absolu sur l'histoire d'une star du cinéma muet oubliée par le cinéma parlant.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 exceptionnel 25 avril 2011
Par fantomas
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
On est loin des frasques délibérées des stars en mal de reconnaissance d'aujourd'hui. l'ouvrage porte bien son nom et les histoires racontées sont dignes de James Ellroy
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Kenneth Anger 4 février 2013
Par alex
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Anger nous offre un portait d'Hollywood absolument génial! Le livre est une des clés pour comprendre son travail de movie maker expérimental!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delicious, malicious fun! (but don't believe a word of it) 27 juillet 2003
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Kenneth Anger's trash classic is still worth a look after all these years. No, this is not the book for those tender and naive dears among us who still think "they wouldn't print it if it wasn't true." This is more along the lines of "they couldn't print it if they weren't dead!" Don't look here for an accurate history of Hollywood's Golden Age. What Anger serves up, in his own wasp-tongued way, is the true gossip of the day. True in the sense that it was actually circulated, not that it was accurate. That in itself gives the book its own kind of historical value: the tabloid trash a bygone era. If you've ever lingered over a particularly lurid headline in the supermarket check out line, this book may be for you. Go for it, nobody's looking!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's Like Reading a Bundle of "Confidential" Magazines 6 juillet 2000
Par Susan Nunes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Anybody who is considering buying this book (and its sequel, if one can find it) should know that it has absolutely no pretensions of being fair or accurate. Despite the wild inaccuracies of now-deceased stars' exploits, the book is still like seeing a car wreck: you know it's awful, but you can't resist looking at it. It's a fun book in spite of itself.
The photos are often tasteless, the prose is often tacky and sleazy, the research is put together with two nails and a hammer, and overall the book reminds one of the old "Confidential" magazines (the magazine is actually profiled in one of the book's chapters). Yet sleaze and tackiness are what Hollywood was all about, so the book seems fitting.
If you want accuracy in a book, go elsewhere. If you like gossip in the most vicious and slimy way possible, then this is your book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stars Shimmer as they get Dimmer 6 décembre 2002
Par rareoopdvds - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Like any newspaper article, events are turned into "stories." These "stories", like any silver screen biography, tells the dramatic tale of a life in turmoil. Kenneth Anger's book, "Hollywood Babylon" takes the angle of a tabloid and digs up some old dirt of famous celebrity lives and puts it into a full collection of grime, grease and oil. This collection takes a chronological look at Hollywood's finest at the time beginning in the early twenties with such big names as Fatty Arbuckle whose drinking problem got out of hand at one of his big parties after signing a lucrative deal. Moving through time to the 30's, 40's, right up to the Sharon Tate murder, which Anger recognized it was no longer "Old Hollywood."
The book reads like a gossip column mixed with sleazy tabloid journalism, yet with the wit and humor of a prankster. It's an exploitation of exploited lives. To mimic tabloids further, the pages appear with large and sometimes disturbing photos of stars at their most inopportune moments.
While much of the material has already had its heyday in newspapers of the times, it has a new life today where many of these actors and actresses are virtually unheard of by the general public and rekindled new interest in their films. Just as watching and old O. J. Simpson football game may have the same appeal as watching Lana Turner in her debut "They Won't Forget."
The title to me is entirely fitting, as Hollywood is the "Babylon" of our society, one in which everyone has all their wants at their disposal. A place where hedonism is the religion and tragedy is only the end of a scene, for we know by the end of the movie everything will be all right. My only disappointment in the book is its cursory glance at such stars as Marylyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and many other stars that became almost a tally only to be put under a heading of how they died. "Hollywood Babylon" still fits the bill, however, as an enticing and racy read of the darker seedy side of that strange and secret society.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A full-sized load of Hollywood's dirty laundry 23 septembre 2003
Par Daniel J. Hamlow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Reading this book probably wasn't the best way to learn of Hollywood's sordid trash, when I bought this ages ago, but I didn't have a movie encyclopedia at the time, which would have been useful, and I would've learned of the many tragedies that befell certain Hollywood stars in a more scholarly way. However, I didn't know that Peg Enwistle was the one who started a trend by diving off the LAND of the HOLLYWOODLAND sign, which now reads HOLLYWOOD.
The key scandals of the 1920's through 1950's are played out. The Fatty Arbuckle scandal of 1921, involving his alleged part in the death of starlet Virginia Rappe, was the O.J. Simpson of the 1920's is given a separate chapter. It took three trials to acquit him, but his career was finished. As Anger snidily writes, "The Prince of Whales had been harpooned." The others include Errol Flynn being accused of having sex with two underage girls, Mary Astor's diary, and the stabbing death of Lana Turner's lover John Stompanato by Cheryl Crane. Frances Farmer's nervous breakdown and collapse has some of snidiness in there, although he makes it clear that he does sympathize with her plight years before Nirvana did a song on her on their In Utero album.
Two mysterious and to this day still unsolved are probed, that of Thelma Todd, the Ice Cream Blonde, who may have been murdered by the mob instead of committing suicide, and the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, and those aren't as treated sensationally as other material.
Suicides are written with some embellishment in this book, i.e. Paul Bern, Jean Harlow's second husband, Marie Prevost, whose starving dog ate parts of her body, Lupe Velez, a.k.a. the Mexican Spitfire, and Carole Landis. Separate sections are written for Velez and Landis.
However, not all events and people get Angers' chops and slices. The Red Scare that ruined the lives of actors such as Gale Sondergaard and John Garfield, and the Hollywood Ten is presented as the travesty it was: "What it did do was ruin many lives and careers and tarnish the glamor of Tinsel Town." And the blackmailing practices of the snoopy, Confidential magazine, forcing performers to cough up to prevent them from revealing sordid things about performers. Thankfully, this terror was stopped when the founder of the magazine committed suicide after being named as a communist by Joe McCarthy. He's also contemptuous of the two gossip columnist Gorgons, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons.
Towards the end, the decline of Hollywood in the 1960's is portrayed as one sordid death after another, ranging from La Monroe, Judy Garland, Ramon Novarro, and George Sanders. Somehow, I did not need to know that Garland died sitting on the toilet in her London flat.
Not a scholarly history of Hollywood's seamy side by any means. Rather, Kenneth Anger drags out Hollywood's dirty laundry and lays it out in a shamelessly sensationalistic and exploitational format, with catty sentences to boot, even including a few nude photos of starlets. Find a film encyclopedia instead. After reading this, I shudder to think what the movie was like.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It IS a box of poisoned bonbons!!!! 18 décembre 2001
Par Kendrik Lau - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
From some of the reviews I have read, it is either you'll love this book for its contents or hate it for its contents.
Well, infinitely sarcastic and tsk tsking in tone, Kenneth Anger compiled a fascinating, if not nauseating tome of Hollywood gossip, mysteries and scandals; accompanied by a generous helping of equally fascinating and nauseating photos.
Just when you think that people are so moral back in the good ole days...well, surprise surprised!!!! Here comes Hollywood, the "cemetery of virtue".
Hollywood Babylon "documented", with frenzied glee, the various scandals that rocked the film industry, and in turn the world. First we are introduced to the death of Olive Thomas, then the now infamous Fatty Arbuckle trial. These two stories basically set the tone for the rest of the book....rapes, sexual indiscretions, drug overdoses, nervous breakdowns, orgies, murders, creative suicides and so on and so forth.
The photos themselves are not for the faint of heart.... featuring death photos of extinguished luminaries such as Thelma Todd, Marie Prevost,Bugsy Siegel, Jayne Mansfield (and her dog!).
Overall, if you like gossip and scandal and loves laughing at the misfortunes of others and have a taste for the morbid, this book is a delight...a delectable "box of poisoned bon bons" through which you can choose and pick at your leisure...with every juicy morsel is as good as the next.
Otherwise....this book will probably make you nauseous.
A sequel, Hollywood Babylon II is not as good as THIS one. But the zinger in that tome is photos of the infamous Black Dahlia murder. But that is another poisoned bonbon for another day.
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