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5.0 out of 5 stars DIRT DOESN'T COME DISHED UP BETTER THAN THIS
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Balderdash
How anyone could be gullible enough to believe the easily-disprovable "facts" in this book is beyond me. Anger (a failed actor and director) got his revenge out on the town that scorned him. There are too many ludicrous factual errors and miscaptioned photos for me to list herein, but suffice it to say that (to paraphrase a comment on Lillian Hellman) every word...
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIRT DOESN'T COME DISHED UP BETTER THAN THIS, 13 Sep 2006
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Klingsor Tristan (Suffolk) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a tabloid frame of mind., 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Of Bad Taste, 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a must read for old hollywood film buffs, 11 Sep 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Loses Impact with Time-Pure Prurience + Nostalgia, 24 July 2012
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heretic666 (High Dudgeon, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Babylon, 11 Nov 2012
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It was very interesting but i did't know anyone they were very old stars.
Some of it is very sad .But i did enjoy the read thank you.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Balderdash, 17 Dec 1997
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How anyone could be gullible enough to believe the easily-disprovable "facts" in this book is beyond me. Anger (a failed actor and director) got his revenge out on the town that scorned him. There are too many ludicrous factual errors and miscaptioned photos for me to list herein, but suffice it to say that (to paraphrase a comment on Lillian Hellman) every word in it is a lie, including "and" and "the." Legitimate historians everywhere should curse the existence of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DELICIOUSLY DIRTY, 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
3.0 out of 5 stars a very unusual book, 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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