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The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood

The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood
Author: David Thomson
ISBN 13: 9780375701542
ISBN 10: 375701540
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2006-02-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 420
List Price: $16.00

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 Equation.

Thomson takes us from D.W. 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, 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.