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GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125701
eISBN:
9780813135403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter gives an analysis on Sunset Boulevard. It begins by describing the story conferences. The film's title refers to the passing of the old Hollywood: It recalls the tragic lives of has-been ... More


“You befouled your own nest!”

Justin Gautreau

in The Last Word: The Hollywood Novel and the Studio System

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780190944551
eISBN:
9780190944599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190944551.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter argues that the relationship between the Hollywood novel and films about Hollywood underwent a reversal of sorts beginning in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It begins by examining how ... More


Hollywood Confidential: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles

Jon Lewis

in Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780520284319
eISBN:
9780520959910
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284319.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The gossip industry underwent a fundamental transition after the war, from the gawking clatter of the classical era fan magazines to the gossip columns of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons and scandal ... More


Music and Mimicry in Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Christina Gier

in Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199936151
eISBN:
9780190204662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936151.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter examines Franz Waxman’s score to Billy Wilder’s film Sunset Boulevard (1950) and explores how it works with the filmic narrative to heighten the portrayal of the film’s core idea of ... More


Epilogue a Touch of Class

GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125701
eISBN:
9780813135403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Billy Wilder certainly did his part to enrich American cinema. He learned during his long career in Hollywood that a director had to work hard not just to achieve artistic independence but also to ... More


Metro-Goldwyn-Schary

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, the administrative changes at M-G-M and subsequent effects on the Metro product (post-WWII) are discussed. Louis B. Mayer’s truncated role as studio head is explored, as is the ... More


Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

C. Scott Combs

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163477
eISBN:
9780231538039
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163477.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book unpacks American cinema's long history of representing death and considers movie sequences in which the process of dying becomes an exercise in legibility and exploration for the camera. It ... More


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