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Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. November 1981

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Recalls the tragic fates of many movie stars who believed in the dream factory called Hollywood.


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Anybody who is considering buying this book (and its sequel, if one can find it) should know that it has absolutely no pretensions of being fair or accurate. Despite the wild inaccuracies of now-deceased stars' exploits, the book is still like seeing a car wreck: you know it's awful, but you can't resist looking at it. It's a fun book in spite of itself.
The photos are often tasteless, the prose is often tacky and sleazy, the research is put together with two nails and a hammer, and overall the book reminds one of the old "Confidential" magazines (the magazine is actually profiled in one of the book's chapters). Yet sleaze and tackiness are what Hollywood was all about, so the book seems fitting.
If you want accuracy in a book, go elsewhere. If you like gossip in the most vicious and slimy way possible, then this is your book.
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This book would have horrified the entire United States had it been published in, say, the 50's. I recall looking at it when it was published and turning up my nose.
As far as literature, I'd rank this book as a really fattening and delicious chocolate truffle, not one bit edifying but a wonderfully fun romp through Hollywood scandals of yore, some of which I was not at all familiar with.
I read it in a night, and recommend it with your evening tea or cocoa.
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This dated book still serves as an entertaining and somewhat historical account of the seedy behavior of movie stars past. It's hard to determine just where the facts stopped and the sensationalized gossip starts, but for the most part alot of the information can be verified by research. Plain dull facts do not sell books so Anger cannot be blamed for adding some spice to these stories. This is actually a good study of human nature and how a privileged few behave when they hit the big time, then react when the inevidible fadeaway comes. Many parallels can be found in sports and the music industry where sudden fame and wealth changes people. People will always be fascinated with the lifestyles of their heroes and idols. Anger does a good job of dishing up the aspects these idols don't want their adoring public to know.
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While many perceive Kenneth Anger as a unlikable, bitter, iconoclast who else could have captured the subject of Hollywood's dark side with such stamina and dark jest.
This book for me makes any star gazer see the real side of fame, fortune, and power.
Supposedly Anger and others were trying to make Hollywood Baby into a movie. I do hope that someday it does get done. Just the thought of the "Business" and it's dark side depicted on celluloid would be like one looking in a mirror and realzing that you are real and fallable.
I urge all to enjoy this book for what it is. A complete and candid version of some of Hollywood's greatest in some of their most darkest hours when the cameras weren't rolling. It also reveals how the studios would protect their commodities at all costs.
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How anyone could be gullible enough to believe the easily-disprovable "facts" in this book is beyond me. Anger (a failed actor and director) got his revenge out on the town that scorned him. There are too many ludicrous factual errors and miscaptioned photos for me to list herein, but suffice it to say that (to paraphrase a comment on Lillian Hellman) every word in it is a lie, including "and" and "the." Legitimate historians everywhere should curse the existence of this book.
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This book is full of very interesting truths, and if you can't handle it, then you'd better keep reading the tabloids or just good old Jane Austin. This book is good, but it has some teases, meaning it will show you a picture but not always explain the circumstances and it almost never gives addresses (to those of you who like to scout out the place). The 2nd book is MUCH better! I would actually reccommend that one first and if you loved THAT then get this one. Hollywood Babylon 2!
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Looks like a lot of people have gotten worked into a lather around here over this book. Lighten up folks! This isn't meant to be some serious anthropological study of Hollywood and its denizens. Anger's just dishin' up the dirt and gettin' down with the sleazemongers. A few little anecdotes about Fatty, Frances, Lupe, et. al are all that's offered up here. I don't believe it's even meant in a particularly mean-spirited way. It reads more like black comedy to me.
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Von Ein Kunde am 2. Juni 1999
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Hollywood Babylon contains inaccurate information. I believe the modern version is supposed to be more accurate than the original version, which I have never seen. Nonetheless, many people now accept what it says as fact. Actually, much of it seems to have come from gossip originally. There are some details in the book that I know are false, others that I think are distorted, some that I do not know anything about. There are also some things in the book that are true. But it is like they say, don't believe everything you read. The first time I read this book, a number of years ago, I wrote to the publisher and pointed out that there were some inaccuracies in it, but since they are m aking money out of it, they don't really care about it. I also remember one writer complained about what Hollywood Babylon said about Fatty Arbuckls supposedly being at an orgy in Massachusetts, which he evidentally wasn't really at. But mostly what I noticed Anger was wrong about was in the chapter about Thelma Todd. He says she was living in the house with the garage attached to it with Roland West, when actually she was living above the restaraunt. Roland West also lived up above the Restaraunt, but in a separate apartment. There has been some controversary about their living arrangements, so I won't go into that here, except to say that Anger's statement that Thelma Todd was West's "mistress" would have been denied by Roland West himself. Hollywood Babylong contains other erroneous information about Thelma Todd. For one thing, it says she was buried in Forrest Lawn cemetary. Actually she was cremated and her mother took her ashes back to to Massachusets, where they were later buried with the mother after her death.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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