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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; First UK edition edition (1 Jan. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099451107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099451105
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WHITE ELEPHANTS-the God of Hollywood wanted white elephants, and white elephants he got-eight of 'em, plaster mammoths perched on mega-mushroom pedestals, lording it over the colossal court of Belshazzar, the pasteboard Babylon built beside the dusty tin-lizzie trail called Sunset Boulevard. Read the first page
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wingate on 14 Jun. 2008
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Kenneth Angers books are the leaders in their particular field.If anything he manages to surpass himself with lurid descriptions of the sordid details of stars misdemeanours.There are some really great pictureswhich i have not seen anywhere else.He seems to take a particular interest in suicide as the chapter devoted to this is over 70 pages long.Maybe a trifle too long.He does utilise some material from his original book which i think is cheating.However if you are interested in the seamier side of the stars life then you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2006
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Kenneth Anger was the little changeling boy in the classic Midsummer Night's Dream with Jimmy Cagney, Joe E. Brown, Mickey Rooney, etc., etc. He later went on to make some outrageous sado-masochistic gay movies which were about as far from Hollywood mainstream as you can get. But throughout his life, he continued his love-hate affair with the Tinsel Town hand that alternately fed him and smacked him. Hollywood Babylon is the wonderfully warped offspring of that relationship

This classic book veers like a drunk on Sunset from the shocking to the incredible to the uproariously funny as it dishes the dirt, all the dirt and nothing but the dirt on old-time Hollywood. From the days of the silents to the decline of the studio-system, here are all the scandals you may have heard of and many you haven't in their full gory detail. Anger's style is as racy and readable as any tabloid and the photographs that support his stories are often just as salacious.

Of course it's all gossip. Of course it's sordid. Of course you won't believe the half of it. Trouble is, you won't know which half. That's its joy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 1998
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A fun book, as long as you're more firmly attached to rumor than truth. There's a lot more information out there about several of these scandals, but this book provides a quick survey and a good intruduction. Just remember it's ALL gossip, and should be taken as such -- that is, there's some grains of truth, but separating out the chaff of lies and speculation is impossible. And since the author only tells the most titillating side of every story, there's a heck of a lot of chaff. But it's great fun -- just don't take it seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By heretic666 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2012
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I read this book when first published and thought it a vehicle for Anger to express his disgust at the industry that scorned him. Some reviewers consider it to be scurrilous half truths or fabrication. I suspect that analysis is accurate, but I also suspect the whole truth would be much more unpalatable and less likey to be published. Aside from 'Mommy Dearest' there was not much published back then to show the stars with their feet of clay; now it is the vogue.
I wish the volume had more proven facts, but given the publicity machines used by the studios to build images and hide scandal, it would be a vain hope.
Apart from the murders, this book is a mild catalogue compared with the inane behaviour inflicted upon us by the "celebrities" that infest the media today.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2001
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a fasinating insight to the seedy side of old hollywood, you get to read about the real hollywood the stars and the movie moguls. the wild parties held in secret and the damage they caused. A must for the curious hollywood fan and a truely indepth view of the stars and their sordid lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ole Skaaraas on 6 Jun. 2013
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Book lived up to the condition as described, and the book itself is very entertaining - there are many that claim that the historic details are so-so as for what the truth factor is concerned, but the photographic material alone is worth the price of the book!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Moore on 16 April 2008
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This book is a delicous and dirty expose on old Hollywood; a must for any old Hollywood film buffs out there. Kenneth Anger writes in a lovely tongue in cheek somewhat ironic style, this makes the book an easy read. Sometimes shocking within the context that the likes of Louis B Mayer went to great lengths to portray a cheesecake and super moral image of their stars and sometimes a little sad to read of the tortured souls behind the glitz.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 1998
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Not for the faint hearted! this is THE classic book at what hollywood is at its core a very unusual book the Author, Kenneth Anger reveals alot of repulsive info about various popular stars sometimes backed up with up photographs this also has a number of shocking photographs such as the actual police photographs of the black dahlia murder victim her body was cut in half and hollowed out and dumped in a vacant lot in L.A. for all to see they never caughthim and it remains one of the most horrible murders in US history even in present time a full sixty years latera most unusual book.
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