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Bio-picsA Life in Pictures$
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Ellen Cheshire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172059

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.001.0001

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Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland

Actors and Directors as Portrayed by Actors and Directors

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(p.35) 2 Hollywoodland
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Bio-pics
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Ellen Cheshire

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0003

Audiences have long been fascinated with Hollywood as a dream factory. Filmmakers have responded to this by producing films about their own industry. The more successful films are those that explore and explode the myth of the “dream factory.” These films offer a glimpse of what lies behind the cameras, how this powerful industry works, and how they have re-told their own past. This chapter examines three films: Ed Wood (1994) about the film career of Ed Wood, hailed as the worst film director ever; The Aviator (2004) about film and aviation mogul Howard Hughes; and Auto Focus (2002) about the little-known (outside the US) 1960s TV star Bob Crane. Through their striking visual style, narrative structure and performances, these films offer insights into the lives of these troubled men.

Keywords:   Hollywood, film industry, bio-pics, films, Ed Wood, The Aviator, Howard Hughes, Auto Focus, Bob Crane

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