By David Thomson
Warner Bros charts the increase of an unpromising movie studio from its shaky beginnings within the early 20th century via its ascent to the top of Hollywood impression and recognition. The Warner Brothers—Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack—arrived in the USA as unschooled Jewish immigrants, but they based a studio that grew to become the neatest, hardest, and such a lot radical in all of Hollywood.
David Thomson presents interesting and unique interpretations of Warner Brothers photos from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer via black-and-white musicals, gangster videos, and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden, and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio’s larger-than-life stars, between them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day, and insects Bunny. The Warner brothers’ cultural impression was once so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio turned “one of the corporations that helped us see there will be an American dream out there.”
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