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Hollywood In Its Golden Age There was once a time in Hollywood when the stars were truly larger than life both on the screen and off An era where the greatest dramas comedies and tragedies were best performed behind the scenes It is a time when the studios controlled all of Hollywood The Golden Era is when the faces on screen became icons This was the Golden Era of Hollywood and it is best lived through The MGM Story by John Douglas Hollywood Hoopla by Robert Sennet When the Stars went to War by Roy Hopes and Merchant of Dreams by Charles Higham These four books are the ones that help to provide facts and not tales on how the Hollywood before was really all about Hollywood itself began with a man named DW Griffith He created a Hollywood masterpiece in 1915 with Hollywoods first motion picture The Birth of a Nation This movie completely stunned audiences around the world and assisted in created a completely new world The world of Motion Pictures The Birth of Nation as described in Merchant of Dreams stated that the film helped to establish the Motion Pictures Industry as an art form for the world Higham Merchant of Dreams 12 With the emergence of Motion Pictures five major studios Twentieth Century Fox MGM Paramount RKO and Warner Brothers would in little time come to own Hollywood and combined help to create the Golden Era Probably out of the five studios MGM was the most magnificent and powerful studio of them all In the Silent Era of films it produced two of the biggest films in the 1920s The Big Parade and Ben Hur that placed MGM at the top in 1925 During the mid to late twenties the studios released about a dozen of films per week for the publics enjoyment Eventually as described in The MGM Story the public began to pick out faces that they
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