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With the same style and insight he brought to his previous studies of American cinema acclaimed critic David Thomson masterfully evokes the history of America’s love affair with the movies and the tangled history of Hollywood in The Whole Euation. David Thomson tells the history of American cinema with enthusiasm and wit loaded with sass and bile he still manages to convey a great love for the medium despite being painfully aware that it has always been a place for hucksters and conmen to screw over everyone it can in the never ending hunt for a uick buck In Thomson s Hollywood nothing is straightforward everybody has an ulterior motive and nobody gets away clean His love of noir and especially Chinatown is apparent in this approach He readily reveres the legends of the business and their skill in giving birth to an American artform that is at the same time a business that runs itself contrary to those principles that make their so called great country but is willing to acknowledge that all men are fallible it is these weaknesses this fallbile nature that provide the ingredients for an interesting story well told the juxtapos

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The Whole Euation A History of Hollywood

Vanity calculation and gossip of Hollywood and the films it has given us This one volume history is a brilliant and illuminating overview of “the wonder in the dark”–and the staggering impact Hollywood and its films has had on American culture. I started reading this book in September 2005 and made it to the 3rd chapter while on a cruise Theoretically I am still currently reading However I really don t know that I will have the gumption to finish the book It was rather dry and not real interesing to me but perhaps that is just me It seems to me to be difficult to write the history of Hollywood in one book The subject should be specialized There s too much to write about Hollywood to cover it thoroughly

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Thomson takes us from DW Griffith Charlie Chaplin and the first movies of mass appeal to Louis B Mayer who understood what movies meant to America–and reaped the profits From Capra to Kidman and Hitchcock to Nicholson Thomson examines the passion. The Whole Euation was a doomed enterprise from the very start of course at least in a way one man one volume could not hope to encompass the whole of Hollywood s history from its inception in the 19th Century to the 21st Yet David Thomson s discursive musings are a great success in another way for they do provide an evocative and I daresay valid sense of the sweep of that history or at least of its early yearsThomson is a guy who is utterly enthralled by the cinema He was born in Britain in 1941 and hence grew up during that country s most austere period during and just after WWII when the national mood was gray and the great movie houses were just about the only places where gaudy extravagance was not only to be found but to be expected That contrast made an indelible mark on the young Thomson and he makes no pretense of detachment when it comes to the movies that came out of Los An


10 thoughts on “The Whole Euation A History of Hollywood

  1. says:

    David Thomson tells the history of American cinema with enthusiasm and wit loaded with sass and bile he still manages to c

  2. says:

    David Thomson is in love with movies which is not surprising in itself given his profession Luckily for us not so much fo

  3. says:

    A very entertaining history of the rise and fall of Hollywood and American movies

  4. says:

    The Whole Euation was a doomed enterprise from the very start of course at least in a way one man one volume could not hope to encompass the whole of Hollywood's history from its inception in the 19th Century to the 21st Yet David Thomson's discursive musings are a great success in another way for they do provide an evoca

  5. says:

    It is frustrating how well David Thompson writes about film considering how little he seems to respect it Film through Thompson's lens seems a bit dirty in both the kid in the mud and Larry Flint way He looks down on film constantly lauding literature and other arts as superior Which is fine hell I share the same condescending view

  6. says:

    This book was very different from what I initially thought it would be Although it claims to be A History of Hollywood it really is a personal musing about film that uses Hollywood as a framework It took some getting used to as Thomson's style in this book is very collouial with lots of parenthetical flights But once I g

  7. says:

    I started reading this book in September 2005 and made it to the 3rd chapter while on a cruise Theoretically I am still currently reading However I really don't know that I will have the gumption to finish the book It was rather dry and not rea

  8. says:

    In which David Thomson talks at meandering length about the movies The style is what Rob Langham would call talking in statements and others might label highly irritating self indulgent andor pretentious There are some interesting sections to be sure but it feels cobbled together The less said about his sexual obsession with Nicole Kidman the better

  9. says:

    I picked up this book because I love David Thomson; I bought it because of this line 'Charlie Chaplin fucked like a very wealthy man with an utterly private life'

  10. says:

    Passionate knowledgeable grumpy and idiosyncratic to say the least film critic Thomson's history of Hollywood centres on what he terms 'the who