A documentary about the glorious history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and its decline leading to the sale of its back lot and props. By extension this provides a general history of Hollywood's Golden Age and the legendary studio system.
A girl and her suitor are interrupted by the pranks of a rival (who rigs a booby trap which fires a cannon). Music composed and performed by Donald Sosin. Presented by CineMuseum (on behalf of Keystone Films).
Middle-aged Antonin and his friends, the major, now retired, and the canon, are in the river, swimming and philosophizing. Then it starts to rain. It just seems to be that sort of summer. ... See full summary »
Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »
MGM Studios, which was formed the result of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company, was the premier Hollywood movie studio from the mid 1920's to the end of the 1950's, when a court ruling dissolved the close association between movie studios and movie theaters leading to the end of the studio system that controlled what happened in Hollywood, and when television became a rival form of accessible entertainment. Led by Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg but not with obstacles, MGM was the best of the studios at perpetuating the dream that anything was possible, both in front of the cameras and in the lives of Hollywood royalty, namely the movie stars. Within a generation, movies became the largest money making form of entertainment. The public went to see movies in droves even during the depression, wanted to learn about and be close to the personal lives of the Hollywood rich and famous, and aspired to be part of that Hollywood royalty.Written by
Dick Cavett - Narrator:
Within the dream factory's guarded walls were created all forms of adventure and delight. It was a place of ultimate illusion where any scene the human mind could conceive could be brought to life on film.
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This documentary started out promising (showing the auction of items intermingled with when they appeared on film), but quickly went downhill.
I am a classic movie buff and had seen nearly all the footage here before, but that's not the problem.
The documentary just seemed to have a lot of filler, especially near the end. Film clips at times seemed random and much too long.
Don't waste your time on documentary. There are much better ones out there.
IMDb requires 10 lines in a review. I can't even think of enough things to say about this documentary. Yes, it was this bad. I only gave it five stars for the auction footage and the footage of the MGM 25th anniversary lunch.
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