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3.9 out of 5 stars
Hollywood Babylon
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on 13 July 2017
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on 13 July 2017
good
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on 26 April 2017
Book was in very good condition. Better than I expected. Very happy
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on 6 April 2017
Good book and a quick delivery from USA. Very satisfied.
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on 17 October 2016
Written by underground avant-garde filmmaker Anger, Hollywood Babylon rocked the film world to its core. The slim and badly-written counter-store paperback, first released in France in 1959, divulged secrets from behind the silver screen with its gruesome and gory details of silent and speaking film stars: their suicides, sex scandals, and prescription pill and booze problems.

The classic Hollywood expose. Hollywood Babylon has become the definite tabloid style dissection of Tinseltown. Anger breathlessly relays snippets of salacious gossip, innuendo, conspiracy and fact. It's one of those books that makes you feel like taking a hot shower after reading.

Anger was an Hollywood kid and it shows. He immersed himself in the culture as an outsider and his fascination and revulsion are worn on his sleeve. At times it feels like you are reading James Ellroy, only these crimes actually took place. Anger's style is pure tabloid and those expecting any of his mystical discourse will be let down.

It's badly written and poorly edited but nonetheless riveting and essential reading for anyone who ever felt that something just isn't right in La La Land.
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on 4 June 1998
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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on 14 June 2008
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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VINE VOICEon 13 September 2006
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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on 6 June 2013
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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on 17 November 2016
Well, I bought Hollywood Babylon years ago. It was a sort of coffee table, pick and read to go to sleep book... This one is .... well, v. v. small! Original book is A5 size, this one is tiny and not very good quality. Some interesting parts/photos... but the chapter about Clara Bow is dreadfully untrue. Only know this because of other books I have read about her... Therefore, I would recommend ignoring this book for any true historical fact.
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