Warner Bros by David Thomson
The Making of an American Movie Studio (Jewish Lives)

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...the back stories behind several classic films such as The Jazz Singer, Public Enemy, and Casablanca, are also noteworthy. An entertaining, well-documented history of the legendary studio for film scholars and fans alike.
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Behind the scenes at the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy

Warner Bros charts the rise of an unpromising film studio from its shaky beginnings in the early twentieth century through its ascent to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity. The Warner Brothers—Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack—arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, yet they founded a studio that became the smartest, toughest, and most radical in all of Hollywood.
 
David Thomson provides fascinating and original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies, and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden, and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio’s larger-than-life stars, among them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day, and Bugs Bunny. The Warner brothers’ cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became “one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there.”
 

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David Thomson, renowned as one of the great living authorities on the movies, is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition. His recent books include a biography of Nicole Kidman and The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood. Thomson's latest work is the acclaimed "Have You Seen . . . ?": A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films. Born in London in 1941, he now lives in San Francisco.
 
Published August 8, 2017 by Yale University Press. 233 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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on Jun 05 2017

...the back stories behind several classic films such as The Jazz Singer, Public Enemy, and Casablanca, are also noteworthy. An entertaining, well-documented history of the legendary studio for film scholars and fans alike.

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Reviewed by Tom Shone on Aug 31 2017

Thomson may be too good a movie critic to be more than an adequate historian. He bubbles with ideas and writes as if drunk on movies...

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