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HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS 1963/64 - VOLUME 1 & 2

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Hollywood and the Stars was a ½ hour documentary TV series that ran one season, 1963-64 and aired at 9:30 PM. The series was narrated by Joseph Cotton and featured theme music by Elmer Bernstein. Each episode gave the viewer a different, interesting and usually unknown window into the world of Hollywood.

Note: This title comes on two discs.

HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS - VOLUME 1

SIRENS, SYMBOLS, AND GLAMOUR GIRLS - PART 1
Oct-7-63. This episode looks at the changing image of women on the screen who are a celebrated "product" of Hollywood. The girl-next door, vamps, blonde bombshells and sex kittens! How films reflect and influence female culture. Every age has their "ideal of woman" reflected on the screen.

SIRENS, SYMBOLS, AND GLAMOUR GIRLS – PART 2
Oct-14-63. This episode looks at the movies' love goddesses and sex symbols, from World War II through to 1963. Wealth, power, influence, insecurity, multiple marriages and sadness. How these women pay for their legendary status. From Ava Gardner to Marilyn Monroe, Tuesday Weld, Sharon Tate and others.

THE FABULOUS MUSICALS
Nov-13-63. This episode looks at the history of the Hollywood musical; how the sound of music and the site of countless beautiful girls brought to the screen a new and spectacular type of entertainment that was lavish, absurd and enchanting. Elevating escapism to the status of an imaginative new form of art. Busby Berkeley's lavish musicals are expressly designed to banish the doldrums the depression. Look for an amazing compilation of film sequences of Busby Berkeley films.

THE ANATOMY OF A MOVIE
Jan-24-64. This episode provides a behind the scenes view of a major motion picture; "The Cardinal" produced and directed by Otto Preminger, who manufactures allusions on a grand scale. The "tough director" gets his actors to deliver using several methods, including provocation. Preminger explains his filming style and why he chooses specific actors including director John Houston, Burgess Meredith, etc.

HOLLYWOOD, USA
Jan-6-64. Hollywood is an industrial complex for manufacturing dreams. At the time this episode was made people were moving into southern California at the rate of 1000 every 24 hours. Cool footage of mid-century modern architectural home design. Fascinating tour of Beverly Hills streets, shops and homes. The inner workings of the William Morris Talent Agency. At Jack's of Beverly Hills a pair of ladies slacks cost a whopping $45.00! A visit to the Sebring House of Hair Design shows Jay Sebring cutting Henry Fonda's hair. A high-end haircut can cost from $7-$25. (Jay Sebring was later murdered by the Manson Family.) Starlet's who give everything to try to make their dreams come true.


HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS - VOLUME 2

THE OSCARS: MOMENTS OF GREATNESS - PART 1
Mar-19-64. This episode looks at the passionate love affair between an industry and a gold statuette called, "Oscar" and the color, excitement and drama of Hollywood honoring its own. Each Oscar costs $250 but can be worth millions in fame, prestige and hard cash at the box office.

Interesting interviews: Actor and founder of the Motion Picture Academy, Conrad Nagel talks about the dinner at Louis B. Mayer's Santa Monica home where the idea for the Academy was dreamed up. Frank Capra tells a story about a year when the awards were held in the plush nightclub, The Coconut Grove. He thought he'd been called the winner and walked a long way to the stage to realize, uh oh, then the embarrassing walk back to his table. Look for a compilation of powerful Oscar-winning performance scenes.

THE OSCARS: MOMENTS OF GREATNESS - PART 2
Mar-30-64. This episode continues the examination of the tradition of the Oscar presentation. We're taken to the trophy manufacturing plant in Los Angeles and watch an Oscar being made. Then Price-Waterhouse accountants tabulate votes to ensure no rigging. Tabulation worksheets are burned, envelopes are sealed and stored in a safe. Look for a compilation of powerful Oscar-winning performance scenes.

THE GREAT DIRECTORS
Apr-28-64. D.W. Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation, and his crowning achievement Intolerance. Erich Von Stroheim's eccentric behavior runs up staggering bills for the studios when he insists on an embroidered royal crest that is worn unseen, on the underwear of extras in a costume drama.

Charlie Chaplin, who directs himself, will shoot a single scene dozens of times to bring a simple comic act to perfection. Cecil B. DeMille on the set of The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Show on Earth. William Wyler, George Stevens, Fred Zimmerman, Billy Wilder, Vincente Minnelli, Elia Kazan, John Frankenheimer, Otto Preminger, John Houston, others.

THE WILD AND WONDERFUL THIRTIES
May-18-64. The talkies arrive and this thing called a microphone hangs over an actor's head. Also, hanging over his/her head is the fact that many silent screen stars' careers will soon be over. Men with high-pitched voices and women with lisps don't cut it in 1930s Hollywood. The 1930s see an explosion of huge stars, huge salaries, huge homes, huge cars and huge egos.

The 30s introduced the golden age of the child star and screen legends like Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, James Cagney, Cary Grant, W.C. Fields, etc. Gossip columnists Luella Parsons and Hedda Hopper could make or break a star; they wielded enormous power and became the social and moral arbiters of Hollywood. Look for an interesting examination of the well-oiled Hollywood publicity machinery.

NATALIE WOOD: HOLLYWOOD'S CHILD
Mar-12-64. This episode focuses on the career of former child star, and now young superstar, Natalie Wood. She's shown on the film set of Sex and the Single Girl, in makeup chair, and working with directors. An interesting scene shows her at 25 watching one of her first films when she was five years old.

Examined is her work with James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause and her acting chops in West Side Story, Splendor In The Grass, and others. She's shown hanging out with friends playing charades.

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