All this month TCM has been telling the story of the men and women who built the American film industry in the seven-part documentary series, Moguls and Movie Stars. The series starts at the beginning with the peep show pioneers and follows the development of Hollywood up until the end of the 1960s. The show is an epic history of Hollywood, detailing the personalities, inter-personal relationships, collaborations and conflicts that created an industry and an art form.
I like the fact that unlike many histories of Hollywood it doesnâ€™t just focus on showing clips of great movies (although there are plenty of clips), but it tells the behind the scene stories of the movers and shakers who made Hollywood. It also spends time on the history of the technology that makes movies possible, and how the technology evolved over time. Of course the documentary wouldnâ€™t be complete without interviews with major Hollywood figures, including Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell.
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