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Exacerbated by several high-profile Hollywood scandals, a wave of anti-Hollywood rhetoric tried to paint the movie capital as a veritable hotbed of crime, licentiousness, and moral transgression. THE SINS OF HOLLYWOOD, published in May 1922, is perhaps the most prominent anti-Hollywood polemic published during this turbulent time in film history. This anonymously-written b Exacerbated by several high-profile Hollywood scandals, a wave of anti-Hollywood rhetoric tried to paint the movie capital as a veritable hotbed of crime, licentiousness, and moral transgression. THE SINS OF HOLLYWOOD, published in May 1922, is perhaps the most prominent anti-Hollywood polemic published during this turbulent time in film history. This anonymously-written booklet recounts in sensational, lurid detail the various high-profile scandals that precipitated the firestorm surrounding Hollywood's supposed moral turpitude. The author (later identified as former PHOTOPLAY editor Ed Roberts) pulls no punches in his condemnation of "movie vice." He even takes aim at some of Hollywood's biggest stars, directors, and producers: Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Wallace Reid, Thomas Ince, Mabel Normand, Mae Busch, and more. Although real names are only sparingly used, most subjects are easily identified. In a nutshell, the author takes us on a guided tour through the seedy, disreputable, thoroughly indecent underworld that lurks beneath Hollywood's glistening, glamorous facade. It is a sensational work of moral alarmism that gives us a wild, untamed, unapologetically lurid account of Hollywood's dark side. NOTE: This book is an entertaining, propulsively readable book regardless of one's prior knowledge of early Hollywood history. However, some listeners may want to know the identities of these scandalized stars. Their identities can be found in the annotations provided by TAYLOROLOGY: http://www.taylorology.com/issues/Tay... (Summary by ChuckW)


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Exacerbated by several high-profile Hollywood scandals, a wave of anti-Hollywood rhetoric tried to paint the movie capital as a veritable hotbed of crime, licentiousness, and moral transgression. THE SINS OF HOLLYWOOD, published in May 1922, is perhaps the most prominent anti-Hollywood polemic published during this turbulent time in film history. This anonymously-written b Exacerbated by several high-profile Hollywood scandals, a wave of anti-Hollywood rhetoric tried to paint the movie capital as a veritable hotbed of crime, licentiousness, and moral transgression. THE SINS OF HOLLYWOOD, published in May 1922, is perhaps the most prominent anti-Hollywood polemic published during this turbulent time in film history. This anonymously-written booklet recounts in sensational, lurid detail the various high-profile scandals that precipitated the firestorm surrounding Hollywood's supposed moral turpitude. The author (later identified as former PHOTOPLAY editor Ed Roberts) pulls no punches in his condemnation of "movie vice." He even takes aim at some of Hollywood's biggest stars, directors, and producers: Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Wallace Reid, Thomas Ince, Mabel Normand, Mae Busch, and more. Although real names are only sparingly used, most subjects are easily identified. In a nutshell, the author takes us on a guided tour through the seedy, disreputable, thoroughly indecent underworld that lurks beneath Hollywood's glistening, glamorous facade. It is a sensational work of moral alarmism that gives us a wild, untamed, unapologetically lurid account of Hollywood's dark side. NOTE: This book is an entertaining, propulsively readable book regardless of one's prior knowledge of early Hollywood history. However, some listeners may want to know the identities of these scandalized stars. Their identities can be found in the annotations provided by TAYLOROLOGY: http://www.taylorology.com/issues/Tay... (Summary by ChuckW)

31 review for The Sins of Hollywood (LibriVox Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aja

    A rather entertaining (and not very informative) gossipy book about Old Hollywood. Funny thing is, despite this being a sort of burn book about Old Hollywood during the silent era, one would be foolish to assume that early film stars never got into trouble. Many of them, even those who dealt with religious themes in their works, certainly got into scandals or had bad enough publicity that it ended some of their careers. Otherwise, while it's sometimes easy to discern certain stars that the author A rather entertaining (and not very informative) gossipy book about Old Hollywood. Funny thing is, despite this being a sort of burn book about Old Hollywood during the silent era, one would be foolish to assume that early film stars never got into trouble. Many of them, even those who dealt with religious themes in their works, certainly got into scandals or had bad enough publicity that it ended some of their careers. Otherwise, while it's sometimes easy to discern certain stars that the author talks about if you are familiar with certain stars of that time, if you don't, then it's just seems like a bunch of people he made up. The only reason I gave this 3 stars was because the narrator of the audiobook I listened to for this really hyped up the tone of the book. Good job, narrator.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrei Israel

    Fofocaiada mal contada quase mata fofoqueiro. Parece uma coletânea de posts maliciosos de IG de fofoca escritos em 1922, do estilo que conta mais ou menos o acontecimento, mas não revela o biscoiteiro. Se bem que hoje em dia nem faz tanta diferença a gente saber ou não de quem se está falando, pois a maior parte da obra desses artistas foi perdida, e pouco se sabe sobre eles a ponto de gerar familiaridade. Muitas das estrelas que na época viviam na boca do povo hoje em dia não passam de nomes ob Fofocaiada mal contada quase mata fofoqueiro. Parece uma coletânea de posts maliciosos de IG de fofoca escritos em 1922, do estilo que conta mais ou menos o acontecimento, mas não revela o biscoiteiro. Se bem que hoje em dia nem faz tanta diferença a gente saber ou não de quem se está falando, pois a maior parte da obra desses artistas foi perdida, e pouco se sabe sobre eles a ponto de gerar familiaridade. Muitas das estrelas que na época viviam na boca do povo hoje em dia não passam de nomes obscuros e fotografias estáticas quase etéreas. A imagem que o autor cria da Hollywood dos anos 20 é a de um prostíbulo de corrupção, ganância, heresia, manipulação, infidelidade e orgias. A conclusão que se tira disso é que todo mundo inserido nesse meio era podre. Não duvido que realmente tivesse a podridão que o autor menciona. Inclusive, acho que os maiores podres são justamente os que ele não menciona. Alguns dos escândalos também são apenas historinhas para chocar e isqueirar ainda mais os puritanos reformistas que estavam em conflito com o cinema na época e pediam a censura governamental dos filmes. Ed Roberts apenas surfou a onda dos escândalos de Hollywood que estampavam as páginas dos jornais e vendiam muito. O que é escândalo em uma época, em outra é visto apenas como mais um fato corriqueiro, e os verdadeiros corruptores que manipulavam toda a estrutura do cinema e do Star System raramente são mencionados nesse livro.

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