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    • The Hollywood Studios

    • House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies
    • By: Ethan Mordden
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The reader falls quite short of the book

    • By Eleanor on 07-20-09

    Regular price: $23.07

    • All That Jazz

    • The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago
    • By: Ethan Mordden
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    As author Ethan Mordden looks back at Chicago's various moving parts - including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical - we learn how the American theater serves as a kind of alternative news medium, a town crier warning the public about the racy, devious interior contradictions of American society. Opinionated, witty, and rich in backstage anecdotes, All That Jazz brings the American musical to life in all its artistry and excitement.

    Regular price: $17.49