Hollywood History: A Love Affair with America
With the recent auction of some of the most prized pieces of Hollywood History, we are reminded just how profound movies are to the American psyche. Below is an excellent narrative from the Digital History website on the role of Hollywood in American History and culture. Then after that are two videos featuring an introduction by Ms Reynolds and mind-boggling results from this historical Hollywood Auction.
Movies are key cultural artifacts that offer a window into American cultural and social history. A mixture of art, business, and popular entertainment, the movies provide a host of insights into Americans' shifting ideals, fantasies, and preoccupations. Like any cultural artifact, the movies can be approached in a variety of ways. Cultural historians have treated movies as sociological documents that record the look and mood of particular historical settings; as ideological constructs that advance particular political or moral values or myths; as psychological texts that speak to individual and social anxieties and tensions; as cultural documents that present particular images of gender, ethnicity, class romance, and violence; and as visual texts that offer complex levels of meaning and seeing.
"My lifetime dream has been to assemble and preserve the history of the Hollywood film industry. Hollywood has been an enormous part of my life as I know it has been for countless fans all over the world. This collection represents a lifetime of collecting Hollywood artifacts and this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Hollywood History for those who love the movies as much as I do. For the first time in nearly five decades, these iconic pieces will be made available to the public through a series of auctions presented by Profiles in History beginning in June 2011."
>Other results include: 1. Judy Garland’s blue and white dress designed by Adrian from The Wizard of Oz: $910,000.00 2. A pair of test shoes designed by Adrian from The Wizard of Oz: $510,000.00 3. The red sequin gown worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blonds: $1,200,000.00 4. The gold charmeuse saloon-girl gown designed by Travilla and worn by Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return: $510,000.00 5. The outfit worn by Marilyn Monroe and designed by Travilla used in the “Heat Wave” number in There’s no Business Like Show Business: $500,000.00 6. The famous white ivory, pleated subway dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch: $4,600,000.00 7. The two-piece rose & ivory crepe outfit worn by Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thieve: $450,000.00 8. The Ascot dress and hat designed by Cecil Beaton and worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady: $3,700,000.00. 9. The jumper worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music sold for: $550,000.00