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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot


Hollywood Heritage and the Hollywood Heritage Museum
Steve Sylvester and Michael Troyan
Evening @ the Barn
October 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM
book signing for their new book
M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
co-wrote with Steven Bingen. 


From Janet Hoffmann, Hollywood Heritage: Mr. Bingen is also the author of Warner Bros: The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, and works as an archivist at Warner Bros. Studios.

Steve Sylvester has been an integral part of Hollywood Heritage through his extensive work at the Wattles Mansion and Gardens. You may also remember Steve's terrific documentary on art director Robert Kinoshita, which was presented at the museum in 2004.

Michael Troyan was a volunteer back when our museum was first named "The Hollywood Studio Museum." Since then he has authored A Rose For Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson and contributed to Disney A-Z, The Disney Villains, and The Disney Poster Book

In addition to the authors sharing their knowledge of the legendary M-G-M Studio, the evening will also include a visual presentation and a short film Mr. Sylvester made on the former studio, followed by a question and answer session and book signing. So Come celebrate the legacy of what many believe to be Hollywood's greatest movie studio! 


HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM
Lasky-DeMille Barn
(Across from the Hollywood Bowl)
2100 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068

Doors open 7 p.m.; program starts 7:30 p.m.




Reviews:
“Reading this was like being there. I know. I was there.” —Clint Eastwood


“The first ten films I made for MGM changed my life. Now you can go back in time—as I have—in the pages of this remarkable book, learning how and where the ‘Land of Make Believe’ became real. Once you take the journey, you, too, will be transported.” —Angela Lansbury

“What a cornucopia of valuable behind-the-scenes information and rare photos. I’ve got one word to describe this book: Irresistible!” —Leonard Maltin

“For anyone who has ever dreamed what it was like to live in the Golden Age of Hollywood, this visit to my grandfather’s studio will vividly re-create the experience. From hometown USA to eighteenth century France to medieval England to a village in China, the memories of all the great films that were made there will spring back to life.” —Daniel Mayer Selznick

M-G-M: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot is as good as its name. Building by building, soundstage by soundstage, even street by street, this comprehensive history uses detailed text and a wealth of behind the scenes photos to take you through the most storied of major studio lots. If you love classic Hollywood, this book is a knockout.” —Kenneth Turan

“ I was under contract with MGM for six years and twenty four films, and seeing this extraordinary new book of photos and commentary took me, and will take you, on a journey where Louis B. Mayer’s ‘More Stars Than There Are in Heaven’ acted on the magnificent grounds and sets of MGM’s five backlots.”—Richard Anderson

“What an achievement! Having spent a great deal of time on the backlot myself, this book brought forth so many memories. The description of the last days of MGM is brilliantly done, and the list of films shot on the various sets is incredible. All in all, it’s a spectacular project!” —Kevin Brownlow

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