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Lead book review

Tales of old Hollywood are always entertaining – even when they’re apocryphal

If the early days lacked glamour, they certainly provided the best anecdotes, according to a new oral history

10 December 2022

9:00 AM

10 December 2022

9:00 AM

Hollywood: The Oral History Jeanine Basinger and Sam Watson

Faber, pp.768, 25

Despite being known as a visually driven town, Hollywood has a rich oral history. This may be due to the fact that it is (like most literary communities) a small, gossipy village in which everybody knows everybody else and what everybody is saying about them. It also testifies to the fact that while Hollywood’s ‘players’ may often produce stupid films, they aren’t actually stupid themselves.

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