Hollywood’s Golden Age: The Rise & Fall of the Studio System
Mid-Manhattan Library (455 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)
This visual talk takes the audience (via DVD clips and slides) on a whirlwind 50-year journey that begins with the rise of the studios in the Wild West of the 1910s and ends with the studio system decline in the 1960s. Between World War I and the late 1950s, the Hollywood studios were at the height of their artistic powers. During this Golden Age, these Hollywood dream factories endured celebrity scandals, the Great Depression, and the arrival of television. Each Hollywood studio had its own cinematic style to make 20th century moviegoing truly memorable: from MGM’s Gene Kelly musicals and Paramount’s sophisticated Preston Sturges comedies; from the tough Warner Bros. gangster dramas of Bogart and Cagney to the Universal horror classics of Karloff and Lugosi.