Movieland Hollywood

Jerome Charyn, Author
Jerome Charyn, Author Putnam Publishing Group $21.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-399-13423-4
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
As he did in Metropolis , Charyn once again revisits old haunts, concentrating here on the movies (and movie houses, like Loew's Paradise in the upper Bronx) that have obsessed him most of his life. Lovingly he recalls America's screen idols: Astaire and Rogers; Lombard, Grable and Hayworth; Fay Wray and May Clarke; Bogart and Powell; directors Orson Welles and Arthur Penn; screenwriters Daniel Fuchs and Raymond Chandler; moguls Thalberg and Mayer. He meets and, in some cases, works with Paul Newman, Otto Preminger, Viveca Lindfors; Borges and Primo Levi would become mentors and kindred spirits. The author travels beyond Hollywood to Henri Langlois's Cinematheque archive in Paris, Italy's Cinecitta studios and an international meeting of crime writers at Gijon, on the Bay of Biscay. Some of Charyn's loyal readers may be disappointed by the superficiality and lack of focus in this, his 23rd volume. (May)
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