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British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide

Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman: The 'Notorious' British (Hitchcock, Grant) and Swedish (Bergman) talent. British actors and directors in Hollywood; Hollywood actors and directors in Britain: Anthony Slide's 'A Special Relationship.' 'A Special Relationship' Q&A: Britain in Hollywood and Hollywood in Britain First of all, what made you think of a book on “the special relationship” between the American and British film industries – particularly on the British side? I was aware of a couple of books on the British in Hollywood, but I wanted to move beyond that somewhat limited discussion and document the whole British/American relationship as it applied to filmmaking. Growing up in England, I had always been interested in the history of the British […]


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British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide



Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back

Kitty Gordon: Silent film star with the 'most beautiful' and most heavily insured back. Rediscovering a long-forgotten silent film star: Kitty Gordon It seems almost unthinkable that there are still silent film stars who have not been resurrected, their lives and movies subject to detailed, if not always reliable, examination. Yet I am reminded by Michael Levenston, a Canadian who has compiled what is best described as a “scrapbook” of her life and career, that there is one such individual – and not just a “name” in silent films, but also from 1901 onwards famed as a singer/actress in musical comedy and on the vaudeville stage in both her native England and the United States. And she is Kitty Gordon […]


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Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back



Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership

'Sunset Blvd.,' with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond: Final Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder collaboration. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did you become involved in this Charles Brackett project? And what did your editorial job entail? I discovered the diaries about six years ago when I was asked by Brackett's grandson, Jim Moore, to place a financial value on them during the process of his donating them to the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was clear to me that these diaries had not […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership



Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in the whole story. That's one key reason […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood



Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'

'Hollywood Hero' John Dewar remembered (image: Anthony Slide wearing Tom Mix's hat in 1976) Perhaps I have been around too long, but as I grow older I grow despondent that those who contributed so much to film history in the past are forgotten, with others often coming along and taking claim for their achievements. One such Hollywood hero is John Dewar, whom I met when I first came to Los Angeles in 1971. He was a curator in the history department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and introduced me to the museum's treasures relating to film history, acquired before the creation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – at a time when both institutions […]


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Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'



Hollywood Extras: Anthony Slide Lecture Featuring 102-Year-Old Former Movie Extra

Movie extras, bit players and stand-ins: Film historian Anthony Slide lecture at the historical Lasky-DeMille Barn (image: Olivia de Havilland and her The Charge of the Light Brigade stand-in, Ann Robinson) Author and film historian Anthony Slide will be talking about his latest book, Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. (See also: “The History of Hollywood Extras: Interview with Anthony Slide.”) According to the Barn's press release, “Mr. Slide will discuss the lives and work of extras, including the harsh conditions, sexual harassment, scandals and tragedies,” in addition to the history of Central […]


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Hollywood Extras: Anthony Slide Lecture Featuring 102-Year-Old Former Movie Extra



Noah's Ark Flood Injures Extras: 'Hollywood Unknowns' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Holywood Unknowns: A history of movie extras and bit players In Hollywood Unknowns (University Press of Mississippi), film historian Anthony Slide delves into a rarely discussed side of Hollywood moviemaking: the aspirations and travails of those invariably nameless, usually voiceless, and oftentimes faceless contributors to the art and success of motion pictures everywhere – the movie extras and bit players (in addition to “side” chapters on stand-ins and stunt doubles). (Image: Anthony Slide's Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins cover, with possibly MGM's short filmmaker Pete Smith next to the dog looking for extra work.) Hollywood Unknowns covers the history of the Hollywood extras from the early days of filmmaking – when, say, Florence Lawrence could […]


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Noah's Ark Flood Injures Extras: 'Hollywood Unknowns' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide



D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

D.W. Griffith Father of Film, controversial figure. To say that the movies wouldn't be what they are today without D.W. Griffith is probably inaccurate. I mean, someone – or “someones” – would have received credit for turning filmmaking into a major art form. Either way, Griffith, a movie director since the early 1900s, was a key player in cinema's maturation, as the movies evolved from the rudimentary “flickers” at the dawn of the 20th century to, well, just about every commercial, narrative effort released in the last century, from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Ben-Hur to The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. D.W. Griffith star maker, controversial figure D.W. Griffith was also an active co-creator of what […]


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D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide





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