Contents 1 Themes 2 Adaptations 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

Themes[edit] Gabler's main thesis is that these producers (whom Gabler terms "Hollywood Jews") generally came from poor, fatherless backgrounds, and felt like outsiders in America because of their Jewishness. In Hollywood, these producers were able to run their own industry, assimilate into the American mainstream, and produce movies that fulfilled their vision of the American Dream. Gabler asserts that the nature of their business and their movies can often be traced back to their feelings of alienation as immigrants. The book also explains that the business background of the Hollywood Jews in theatre-ownership, retail distribution, and the garment industry shaped the approach these studio owners took to crafting movies for a popular audience, one similar to the marketing of films as commodities as well as works of art. The title of the book is a reference to F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel The Last Tycoon, in which Fitzgerald describes his protagonist, Monroe Stahr (a character inspired by the producer Irving Thalberg) as "coming home to an empire of his own—an empire he has made."[1][2][3] The book won the 1989 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history[4] and the 1989 Theatre Library Association Award.[5]

Adaptations[edit] The book was adapted into a documentary film in 1998, a decade after the book was published. The movie has two titles: Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (original title for A&E) and Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own (title for video/DVD). The documentary won an award for Best Jewish Experience Documentary at the 1998 Jerusalem Film Festival.[6]

See also[edit] Cinema of the United States Jewish Americans and popular culture

Notes[edit] ^ Charles Champlin, "The Founding Fathers of Hollywood", Los Angeles Times September 25, 1988. ^ Sander L. Gilman (1997). Smart Jews: The Construction of the Image of Jewish Superior Intelligence. U of Nebraska Press. p. 175. ISBN 0-8032-7069-0.  ^ F. Scott Fitzgerald; Matthew J. Bruccoli (1993). The Love of the Last Tycoon: A Western. Cambridge University Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-521-40231-6.  ^ 1989 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners (accessed March 31, 2011). ^ Theatre Library Association Award - Winners, 1974-2009 (accessed March 31, 2011). ^ Review summary for Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own (1998), Baseline entry reprinted in The New York Times (accessed March 31, 2011).

References[edit] Gabler, Neal (1988). An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. Crown. ISBN 0-385-26557-3.  Langdon, Jennifer (2009). Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-14250-1. 

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