Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Eight top books on bad Hollywood

Ken Auletta inaugurated the Annals of Communications column and profiles for The New Yorker in 1992. His national bestsellers include Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way, Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman, and Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.

Auletta's new book is Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence.

At Lit Hub Auletta tagged "eight books to read to understand the world in which Weinstein flourished." One title on the list:
Elia Kazan, A Life

I found Elia Kazan’s autobiography particularly valuable, not just to understand a directorial genius, but to explain the male dominated culture that stretches back decades and features not just Kazan but early studio heads like Harry Cohn, Louis Mayer, Sam Goldwyn, and Darryl Zanuck who followed what he called “a simple rule and a useful one: ‘Do I want to fuck her?’” To glimpse the role that sexual titillation—bare skins in movie trailers, plunging necklines worn on the red carpet by the most ardent feminists—Kazan instructs. For an autobiography, Kazan is tough to top.
Read about another book on Auletta's list.

--Marshal Zeringue