I first came across Anne Helen Petersen's excellent blogs on stardom - past and present - a few years ago. For me personally I found the book to be more or less a rehash of common and well known facts about the celebrities featured. The scandals that Petersen discusses are well selected and very interesting. I really wanted to read about Rita Hayworth, but maybe we have to wait for her to come out with another book that will include more scandals of classic Hollywood. And that lack of dimension makes it rather slog-like. Doesn't it make you want to just hang with her, watching old movies and debating whether Joseph Cotton or Melvyn Douglas would be better movie star boyfriends? These days scandal sells and celebrities seem to almost embrace it. Scouts would bring in 'raw' star material, culled from the vaudeville circuit, the theater, or the soda fountain counter.
Based on Petersen's popular column on the Hairpin, but featuring 100% new content, Scandals of Classic Hollywood is sensationalism made smart. These profiles are less about digging up dirt than going into the past to demonstrate how little gossip and perception of celebrities has changed. Worst of all, it ends rather abruptly instead of tying the work together as a whole. That interaction is lacking in the book. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Overall, the book was an interesting read. So the book, while lavishly provided with footnotes, isn't really what I was expecting. The world of classic Hollywood has been quite alluring to me ever since I took my first college film course that explored pre-Code and 1930s movies. From the Trade Paperback edition. It's kind of like reading a car crash - it's horrible and should never have happened, but you can't seem to look away either. If you chose to read this, it is probably easy to comprehend the insurmountable fame held by the stars of the past without requiring a comparison of modern day celebrities to equate to.
Dorothy Dandridge and Judy Garland both died in the their forties of drug overdoses. As a primer however, you are likely to learn more from reading wikipedia. Where Scandals shines is in its dissection of the studio publicity spin machine, though each chapter's conclusion tends to read like an afterthought. What I miss most in the book is the lively, irreverent, voice Peterson uses in her online pieces, which often read like a personal email to you, the reader. They complimented one another, joking with the press, became a favorite celebrity couple.
I've been waiting for this book for six months-- and, like any Hollywood movie, it was bound to struggle to live up to the anticipation. One thing though remained a huge secret and that was homosexuality. Still, a good story is always worth rereading. From there, each story is told somewhat differently. If there is a choice of file format, which format is better to download? Felt a lot like a less snappy rehash of Petersen's Hairpin column. These stories are all very familiar but the author did an admirable job of telling these stories in such a way that they seemed fresh.
Again, throughout the book, I find myself lost about what exactly I'm supposed to be reading. It makes you wonder what's real and what's simply fairy tale in celebrity magazines now. The scandals discussed in this book are more than just smut. And the stars of yesteryear? But it's not all just tawdry gossip in the pages of this book. Plus, she was a 'sloppy dresser' with 'odd manners,' and the two had first met at his analyst's office--clearly, they were meant for each other. Film professor Anne Helen Petersen is here to set the record straight with Scandals of Classic Hollywood.
While the promos promise the chapters are not repeats of the Hairpin articles, that is a bit disingenuous. While it was fun to read biographic featurettes on the stars and their humble beginnings, Peterson sometimes attempts to add cultural ties to modern day Hollywood, which was rather befuddling for two reasons. Overall it was intriguing to read about old Hollywood and imagini I had hoped for more sex, deviance and drama. BuzzFeed columnist Anne Helen Petersen is here to set the record straight with Scandals of Classic Hollywood. Most of the scandals that are included are already well-known Fatty Arbuckle, Clara Bow, James Dean, etc.
I must say that the section on Dorothy Dandridge was very welcome; most folks these days don't even know her name, which is sad. BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen, author of Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, is here to set the record straight. Cliquez sur Exécuter ou sur Enregistrer, puis suivez les directives pour effectuer la mise à jour. But I have and therein, I think, lies the slight disappointment with the book. The trial, public hysteria, and misconception destroyed his reputation, and his career never fully recovered. The stories are all contextualized within the boundaries of film, cultural, political, and gender history, making for a read that will inform as it entertains.