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Exiles in Hollywood : Limelight - David Wallace

Exiles in Hollywood


Paperback Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780879103293
Number Of Pages: 246

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Fleeing Nazi persecution, half of Europe's creative talents, including screen legend Greta Garbo and composer Igor Stravinsky, were, in Arnold Schoenberg's words, "driven into paradise," settling in Los Angeles. It was the greatest flight of European cultural and intellectual talent in history, and for a time made Los Angeles a cultural capital. Their presence, enabling the evolution of film noir, also changed American movies forever. In Exiles in Hollywood, David Wallace, author of the national bestseller Lost Hollywood and whom columnist Liz Smith has called "the maestro of entertainment history," tells their dramatic stories. His profiles of refugees include filmmaker Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Nobel Prize-winning writer Thomas Mann, the screenwriter Salka Viertel and her controversial relationship with Greta Garbo, the deeply conflicted actor Charles Laughton, and many more. The result is a rich, page-turning look at an era, its triumphs and tragedies, its gossip and hidden facts, and its colorful personalities.

Film noir goes mainstream : the genius of Billy Wilderp. 1
The catalyst : Salka Viertelp. 15
The monocled aristocrat : Fritz Langp. 33
The "muse to genius" : Alma Mahlerp. 43
The master of mystery : Alfred Hitchcockp. 59
The odd man out : Bertolt Brechtp. 67
The pacifists : Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwoodp. 75
The dictatorial innovator : Otto Premingerp. 89
The writers : Thomas Mann and Lion Feuchtwangerp. 97
The conductors : Bruno Walter and Otto Klempererp. 111
Russia in Hollywood : Igor Stravinskyp. 125
The reclusive violin genius : Jascha Heifetzp. 135
Film music : Sergei Rachmaninoff and Erich Korngoldp. 143
Hollywood's legendary odd couple : Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchesterp. 155
The architects : Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindlerp. 167
The theatre's genius : Max Reinhardtp. 175
The modernist musicians : Arnold Schoenberg, Eric Zeisl, Ernst Krenek, and Ernst Tochp. 185
The French arrive : Jean Renoir, Rene Clair, and Max Ophulsp. 199
Porn star, Hollywood legend, and inventor : the unlikely career of Hedy Lamarrp. 211
The Casablanca connection : Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, and Paul Henreidp. 219
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ISBN: 9780879103293
ISBN-10: 0879103299
Series: Limelight
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st July 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36