Hearst Over Hollywood; Power, Passion,and Propaganda in the Movies

New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xvi, [2], 525, [1] pages. Illustrations. Notes. Index. DJ has slight wear, soiling, and some sticker residue on back. DJ front flap creased. This is one of the Film and Culture series. Louis Pizzitola is a visual artist and an amateur filmmaker. It was William Randolph Hearst who understood how to use cinema to exploit the public's desire for entertainment and to create film propaganda. Hearst saw his future and the future of Hollywood as one and the same. He pioneered and capitalized on the synergistic relationship between journalism and advertising and motion pictures. He sent movie cameramen to the inauguration of William McKinley and the front lines of the Spanish-American War. He played a prominent role in organizing film propaganda for World War I. By the 1910s, Hearst was producing his own pictures—he ran one of the first animation studios and made many popular movie serials, including The Perils of Pauline (creating both the scenario and the catchphrase title) and Patria. As a feature film producer, Hearst was responsible for some of the most talked-about movies of the 1920s and 1930s. Hearst had few equals—he was a much-feared power broker from the Silent Era to the Blacklisting Era. Hearst Over Hollywood draws on hundreds of previously unpublished letters and memos, FBI Freedom of Information files, and personal interviews to document the scope of Hearst's power in Hollywood. Pizzitola tells the story of Hearst's shaping influence on both film publicity and film censorship—getting the word out and keeping it in check—as well as the growth of the "talkies," and the studio system. He details Hearst's anti-Communism, used to retaliate for Citizen Kane and to maintain dominance in the film industry, and exposes his secret deal with Germany on the eve of World War II. The author also presents new insights into Hearst's relationships with Marion Davies, Will Hays, Louis B. Mayer, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mussolini, Hitler, and the Kennedys. Hearst Over Hollywood is a tour de force of biography, cultural study, and film history that reveals as never before the brilliance and darkness of Hearst's prophetic connection with Hollywood. Condition: Very good / Very good.

Keywords: William Randolph Hearst, Motion Pictures, Hollywood, Propaganda. Ivan Abramson, Censorship, Blacklisting, Journalism, Advertising, Marion Davies, Martin Dies, Will Hays, Mankiewicz, Louella Parsons, Theodore Roosevelt, Adolph Zukor

ISBN: 0231116462

[Book #77532]

Price: $40.00