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USA
1932, 88 min

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation

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Often misjudged as a dress rehearsal for his famed 1954 adaptation of A Star Is Born, What Price Hollywood? is a drastically different beast. Neither an outright condemnation of movie culture nor a romanticization of Tinseltown, it offers a rare, clinical look at Hollywood, rendering it as an industrial machine, a corporate juggernaut, rather than a factory of dreams.


Synopsis

Often misjudged as a dress rehearsal for his famed 1954 adaptation of A Star Is Born, What Price Hollywood? is a drastically different beast – a demystification of the Hollywood myth that is far grittier and less sentimental than the Judy Garland musical. Constance Bennett plays a waitress who gets skyrocketed to stardom after a chance encounter with Lowell Sherman’s alcoholic director. Inevitable heartbreak ensues as the new-born star becomes disillusioned with Hollywood. Neither an outright condemnation of movie culture nor a romanticization of Tinseltown, What Price Hollywood? offers a rare, clinical look at Hollywood, rendering it as an industrial machine, a corporate juggernaut, rather than a factory of dreams.

Joseph Fahim

Restored by the Library of Congress and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

About the director

George Cukor (1899, New York City – 1983, Los Angeles). Selected filmography: Camille (1937), The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), Born Yesterday (1950), A Star Is Born (1954), Let’s Make Love (1960), My Fair Lady (1964).

Contacts

Park Circus Film Company Ltd
14 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8HN, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 657 9507
E-mail: [email protected]

Library of Congress
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United States of America
Tel: +1 202 707 5000
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation
   
Director: George Cukor
Screenplay: Gene Fowler, Rowland Brown
Dir. of Photography: Charles Rosher
Music: Max Steiner
Editor: Del Andrews, Jack Kitchin
Art Director: Carroll Clark
Producer: Pandro S. Berman, David O. Selznick
Production: RKO Pathé
Cast: Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton
Sales: Park Circus Film Company Ltd
Contact: Library of Congress
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