Letters from Hollywood, Author Appearance with Filmmaker Rocky Lang and Film Historian Barbara Hall at Flintridge Bookstore

With Special Guest Bela Lugosi, Jr. on Saturday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Published : Friday, September 20, 2019 | 12:22 PM

On Saturday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes television and film producer/writer/director Rocky Lang and film historian Barbara Hall, authors of Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking. The authors are joined by special guest Bela Lugosi, Jr. who reads his father’s correspondence from their book. Also included are notes, memos, and telegrams from Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Jane Fonda and many more movie industry luminaries from the silent era to the Golden Age and up through the pre-email days of the 1970s.

A collection unlike any other, these writings, most printed in full for the first time, are culled from university libraries, archives, and personal collections by filmmaker Rocky Lang and archivist Barbara Hall. Many have never been seen by the greater public until now. Organized chronologically, each note is thoughtfully annotated by the authors to provide insight into the private world of its writer and recipient.

Comprised of intimate messages exchanged between colleagues, friends, lovers, and rivals, Letters from Hollywood captures the larger-than life personalities and behind-the-scenes practices that would define the industry for years to come. This star-studded compendium also celebrates the lost art of letter writing – the romance and excitement of a personal typewritten or hand-scrawled message sealed and sent.

Letters from Hollywood’s extensive roster of contributors includes movie legends like Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Katherine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elia Kazan, Cary Grant, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Hanks, and more. Their letters offer all the intrigue and glamour of early Hollywood. and together they form a fascinating picture of a bygone, though not forgotten, era in American moviemaking.

Rocky Lang is an author who has produced, written, and directed films and television programs. Barbara Hall is a film historian and researcher who has worked as an archivist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They both live in Los Angeles.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.

 

 

 

 

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