Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood?
Last year, when I wanted reading material about the history of post-war car-centric Southern California
, you guys knocked it out of the park. In that question I specified that I was not
looking for histories of the Hollywood film industry.
Well... I'm back, and that's exactly what I'm looking for.
I already know a little
about it, but I'd love any resources for the history of early Hollywood. The really
early stuff. How did the studios start? How was Los Angeles chosen in the flight from New York and the Edison patent trolls? Where exactly within Los Angeles was all this happening? I'm vaguely aware of people like Irving Thalberg and Jack Warner, but don't really know anything about how they became such huge power-brokers.
I'd welcome pretty much any serious non-fiction media about this era: documentaries, books, specific really comprehensive memoirs, podcasts, long-form and "new" journalism, academic sources, really superb websites, etc. That said, I'm looking for more serious scholarship/journalism and less studio PR.
I already pretty much worship Anne Helen Petersen. I've seen The Celluloid Closet
, and would welcome more documentaries in that vein. I remember gleaning a little of this from Peter Bogdanovich's collections of interviews with famous directors, but I'm more interested in history and less interested in how Josef Von Sternberg set up a shot.
I think what I'm really looking for is something like Ken Burns' "Baseball" or "Jazz", but about movies.
The History Of Movies: throw it at me!