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LIFE. Hollywood

250Edition: EnglishAvailability: September 1, 2024
The golden age of the world’s most popular weekly photography magazine (1936-1972) coincided with Hollywood’s most glamorous decades. Featuring hundreds of meticulously researched and curated images from the vast Life archive, capturing “more stars than there are in Heaven,” location shoots, Oscar nights, captivating homes, and alluring parties.
Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase10.4 x 14.2 in.16.53 lb708 pages

“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”

Marilyn Monroe
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LIFE. Hollywood

LIFE. Hollywood

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Life, camera, action

The Life archives spotlight Hollywood and the magic of the movies

In November 1936, publisher Henry R. Luce launched Life as a photo-led weekly news magazine with a clear purpose: “To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events.” Before readers’ attention was consumed by television, Life served as their window to the world, and by the late 1940s, it was being viewed by 1 in 3 Americans. Jean Harlow was the first movie star to appear on a Life cover in 1937, and from then until 1972 over 200 covers featured Hollywood-related subjects, illustrating the strength of the bond between Life and the film industry.

Matching the splendor of the finest Hollywood production, this two-volume epic blockbuster tells the intertwined story of a magazine and an art form that embodied the pinnacle of American imagination. Meticulously researched and curated, it features over 600 images from the magazine’s archives—well over half previously unseen—and stars icons such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Steve McQueen, Sophia Loren, Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot and many more. Life had special access to these celebrities following them on set, to extravagant parties, Oscar nights and at home, providing readers with intimate glimpses of their lives away from the spotlight.


Volume 1 (1936-1950s) covers the Golden Age of Hollywood: dashing leading men, glamorous starlets, powerful studio moguls, and opulent lifestyles. Witness how Life didn’t just indulge fantasy, but also documented the inner workings of the industry and the collective effort that went into creating the illusions on the screen, from screenwriters and composers to publicists and acting coaches. Volume 2 (1950s-1972) focuses on the New Hollywood, in which major studios gradually lost their stronghold, marked by a shift toward independent films, international stars, and a more diverse array of voices and faces. See how Life reported from the sets of classic movies such as The Godfather, Guys and Dolls, and The Ten Commandments;¬ and with the aid of exclusive editorial materials like contact sheets, tear sheets from the stories, and internal editorial notes, we learn how Life planned and framed their innovative photo-essays.

Featuring introductory texts by photography critic Lucy Sante, captions by film historian Justin Humphreys, and over 70 legendary Life photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Stackpole, Gordon Parks, Lisa Larsen, Margaret Bourke-White, Gjon Mili, and many others, Life. Hollywood is a celebration of the 20th century’s most important photography magazine and the irresistible allure of Hollywood and movie magnificence.

LIFE. Hollywood
Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase26.5 x 36 cm7.50 kg708 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8959-8

Edition: English
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