|The untold story of the innovative pioneers who helped make movies thepreeminent art form of the twentieth century by founding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.|
From the Publisher:
The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crewas individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, thenjust a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a commondream: to bring artistic validity to their beloved new medium.
Today, movies are so ingrained in our culture it is hard to imagine a time when former cowpunchers, prospectors, vaudevillians,even junk dealers made up the rules as they went along. Prohibitionand the Great Depression were keeping everyone on edge, and the business was rife with murders and drug scandals. Somethinghad to happen. And so on January 11th, 1927, thirty-six members of Hollywood's elite and not-so-elite came together at thebehest of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. From Cecil B. DeMille toMary Pickford, Harry M. Warner, who owned a bike shop beforelaunching the revolutionary “talkie” The Jazz Singer, even JosephM. Schenck, freed from jail just in time to discover Marilyn Monroe—each guest was more colorful than the last. Although theydidn’t know it yet, these thirty-six achievers and dreamers gavebirth to a golden child.
Who were these movers and shakers who would change moviesforever? And what about Oscar, their famous son? He is fast approaching his 100th birthday, and is still the undisputed king of Hollywood. Yet with such dynamic parents, what else could weexpect?
"...Pawlak succeeds in recreating that colorful era when flickers turned into features and silents converted to sound." 11/22/2010