Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry Lloyd Billingsley

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Published: August 19th 2014

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330 pages


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Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry  by  Lloyd Billingsley

Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry by Lloyd Billingsley
August 19th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 330 pages | ISBN: | 6.69 Mb

Some of the biggest names in show business filled the Motion Picture Academy theater in Beverly Hills for Hollywood Remembers the Blacklist, a lavish production worthy of an Oscar telecast. In song, film, and live performances by stars such as BillyMoreSome of the biggest names in show business filled the Motion Picture Academy theater in Beverly Hills for Hollywood Remembers the Blacklist, a lavish production worthy of an Oscar telecast.

In song, film, and live performances by stars such as Billy Crystal, Kevin Spacey and John Lithgow, the audience relived a time some fifty years before, when—as the story has always been told—courageous writers and actors stood firm against a witch-hunt and blacklist that wrecked lives and destroyed careers. Left untold that night, and ignored in books and films for more than half a century, was a story not so politically correct but vastly more complex and dramatic.In Hollywood Party the complete story finally emerges, backdropped by the great upheavals of our time and with all the elements of a thriller—wrenching plot twists, intrigue, betrayal, violence, corruption, misguided passion, and lost idealism.

Using long neglected information from public records, the personal files of key players, and frequent revelations from Soviet archives, Lloyd Billingsley uncovers the Communist Partys strategic plan for taking control of the movie industry during its golden age, a plan that came perilously close to success.

Billingsley shows how the Party dominated the politics of the movie industry during the 1930s and 1940s, raising vast sums of money from unwitting liberals, and conscripting industry luminaries into supporting Stalinist causes.In riviting detail, the shameful truth unfolds: Communist writers, actors and directors—wealthy beyond the dreams of most Americans—posture as proletarian wage slaves as they try to influence the content of movies. From the days of the Popular Front through the Nazi-Soviet Pact and beyond World War II, they remain faithful to a regime whose brutality rivaled that of Hitlers Nazis.Their plans for control of the industry a shambles by the mid-1950s, the Party nonetheless succeeded in shaping the popular memory of those days.

By chronicling what has been left on the cutting room floor, from back story to aftermath, Hollywood Party changes those perceptions forever.



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