“Hollywood in the 30’s… features gorgeous illustrations by Robert Nippoldt, explaining everything from jobs on a film set to the movie monsters of the era.”
"Hollywood in the 30s is a coffee-table book whose beautifully-presented written content and visuals are an all-round success. In other words: It’s as beautiful as Greta Garbo, as elegant as Fred Astaire and as high-spirited as the Marx Brothers. Hollywood’s golden age has seldom been portrayed with such dexterity, vitality and wit but, above all, with such originality."
“Who wouldn’t want to time-travel to Hollywood in the 30’s? No one: and this TASCHEN book by the same name won’t do anything to change that.”
“A beautifully written and visually stimulating coffee-table book.”
“Beautifully nostalgic, it’s the kind of book that will make you sad you weren’t around to experience the Golden Age as it happened.”
Hollywood in the 30s
Tinseltown’s golden era, illustrated
From Chaplin’s last silent films to the colorful Wizard of OzIn the 1930s, the legendary City of Cinema moved from the silent era to the talking picture. It was a decade of pomp and excess in the motion picture capital, of glorious stardom and megalomaniac directors; a time when politicians and the mob all wanted a piece of the thrilling action. It was the age of the Marx brothers, Greta Garbo, Frankenstein, and Gone with the Wind, Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat and moustache, Marlene Dietrich's androgynous glamor, and Jean Harlow's perfectly positioned beauty spot.
In this tribute to Tinseltown's finest age, illustrator Robert Nippoldt and film critic Daniel Kothenschulte team up to pay homage to the creators, characters and charisma that made up this golden era. With his evocative illustration style, previously showcased in TASCHEN's Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties, Robert Nippoldt captures the scene with all its seduction, celebrity, and its grit. In the accompanying text, Kothenschulte profiles the movers and shakers of the age, as well as its most groundbreaking developments across movie direction, music, costume, scenery and beyond.
Brimming with elegance and energy, this enchanting journey in images and words takes the reader back in Tinseltown time, direct to the heart, and the sheer movie-making thrill, of a decisive cinematic decade.
Awards for the original German edition:
- Best American Infographic “Facemap”, New York, 2015
- Red Dot Design Award, Essen, 2011
- German Designer Club Award, Frankfurt, 2011
- “Cinema Book of the Year”, German Film Institute, Berlin, 2010