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Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972)

A documentary about the glorious history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and its decline leading to the sale of its back lot and props. By extension this provides a general history of Hollywood's Golden Age and the legendary studio system.

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Irwin Rosten
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Dick Cavett ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
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MGM Studios, which was formed the result of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company, was the premier Hollywood movie studio from the mid 1920's to the end of the 1950's, when a court ruling dissolved the close association between movie studios and movie theaters leading to the end of the studio system that controlled what happened in Hollywood, and when television became a rival form of accessible entertainment. Led by Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg but not with obstacles, MGM was the best of the studios at perpetuating the dream that anything was possible, both in front of the cameras and in the lives of Hollywood royalty, namely the movie stars. Within a generation, movies became the largest money making form of entertainment. The public went to see movies in droves even during the depression, wanted to learn about and be close to the personal lives of the Hollywood rich and famous, and aspired to be part of that Hollywood royalty. Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

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1972 (USA) See more »

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Hollywood: The Dream Factory - An MGM Documentary See more »

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This documentary can be found on the 2-disc special edition of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). See more »

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Himself - Narrator: Hollywood, the dream factory, at its worst it was spendthrift, crass and vulgar, but at its best it offered a rich, romantic, compelling world of illusion. While no one can be certain, the world probably will not see anything quite like it again.
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a very quick look at the history of Hollywood
2 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This documentary covers the history of Hollywood in something like 51 minutes, focusing mainly on the achievements of MGM, beginning with the forming of the company.

Lots of classic scenes which have been seen countless times are intertwined with an auction of the "Showboat" boat, Judy's red shoes, and the Bounty ship, all at lowball prices since it's 1972.

The problem with watching "Hollywood: The Dream Factory" today is that everything covered is very familiar now, and movie buffs have seen the footage dozens of times. However, if you want a quick and dirty look at the problems with the way over budget Ben Hur, the discovery of Greta Garbo, how no one but Gable could do Gone With the Wind, and a look at that big MGM luncheon, this is for you.


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