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Hollywood in the 30s

Hardcover, clothbound, with fold-out, 8.5 x 13.4 in., 2.84 lb, 162 pages
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ln this award-winning book, illustrator Robert Nippoldt and film critic Daniel Kothenschulte team up to pay homage to the golden era of Tinseltown, when silent films became talking pictures, stars got even more glamorous, directors more megalomaniac, and politicians and the mob hankered after a piece of the dazzling action.

Tinseltown’s golden era, illustrated

From Chaplin’s last silent films to the colorful Wizard of Oz
In 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
The author

Daniel Kothenschulte is an author, curator, and lecturer on film and art history, and a lover of animation since he first saw The Jungle Book at the age of three. As a film journalist, he is responsible for the film section in the German national daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau and a regular contributor to WDR Television. He has taught at various universities, including Städelschule in Frankfurt; the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund; and the University of Television and Film Munich. He is the author of Hollywood in the ’30s and The Art of Pop Video, as well as books about Robert Redford, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and artist Mike Kelley. In addition, he provides accompanying music to silent films on the piano.

The illustrator

Robert Nippoldt is a German graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. He is best known for his award-winning books Gangster, Jazz and Hollywood about America in the 1920s and 1930s. His studio is located at the very hip old depot of Muenster.

Hollywood in the 30s
Hardcover, clothbound, with fold-out, 8.5 x 13.4 in., 2.84 lb, 162 pages