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Hollywood in its “Golden Age”

Hollywood In Its "Golden Age"
There was once a time in Hollywood when the stars were truly "larger than life" both on the screen and off. An era where the greatest dramas, comedies, and tragedies were best performed behind the scenes. It is a time when the studios controlled all of Hollywood. The "Golden Era" is when the faces on screen became icons. This was the "Golden Era" of Hollywood and it is best lived through The MGM Story by John Douglas, Hollywood Hoopla by Robert Sennet, When the Stars went to War by Roy Hopes and Merchant of Dreams by Charles Higham. These four books are the ones that help to provide facts and not tales on how the Hollywood before was really all about.
Hollywood itself began with a man named D.W. Griffith. He created a Hollywood masterpiece in 1915 with Hollywood'sfirst motion picture, "The Birth of a Nation." This movie completely stunned audiences around the world and assisted in created a completely new world: The world of Motion Pictures. "The Birth of Nation," as described in Merchant of Dreams stated that the film helped to establish the Motion Pictures Industry as an art form for the world. (Higham, "Merchant of Dreams," 12)With the emergence of Motion Pictures, five major studios: Twentieth Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, RKO, and Warner Brothers would in little time come to own Hollywood and combined, help to create the "Golden Era."
Probably out of the five studios, MGM was the most magnificent and powerful studio of them all. In the "Silent Era" of films, it produced two of the biggest films in the 1920's. "The Big Parade" and "Ben Hur" that placed MGM at the top in 1925. During the mid to late twenties, the studios released about a dozen of films per week for the public's enjoyment.
Eventually, as described in The MGM Story, the public began to pick out faces …


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