ROOM 1219 ~ The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood
Book review and technical detail ROOM 1219 ~ The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood Greg Merritt
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|Title||ROOM 1219 ~ The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||Chicago Review Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
What absolutely happened amid Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe in that San Francisco auberge allowance on September 5, 1921? A few canicule afterwards their encounter, Rappe, a cine bit player, died, and awfully acknowledged blur actor Arbuckle was arrested for murder. Later answerable with manslaughter, he survived two afraid juries (one advantaged acquittal, the added conviction) afore a third acquitted him. Merritt (Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Film, 2000, etc.) displays abundant benevolence for all involved, abnormally the two principals, both of whom accept suffered at the easily of both academic and breezy biographers. (Among added things, he traces, and dismisses, the egregious, common adventure about rape-by-bottle.) Merritt begins with the Labor Day weekend aback Arbuckle collection his abundant Pierce-Arrow to San Francisco for a auberge party. Although Prohibition was the law of the land, liquor flowed freely; Arbuckle had a huge backing aback in his mansion. The columnist intercuts the belief of the weekend with the biographies of Arbuckle and Rappe, alternating capacity until he arrives at the trials. He provides all-important cinema history, including the history of blur censorship, and ends with his own appraisal of the affirmation and his abstracts about what apparently occurred—though alone Arbuckle and Rappe were present, so authoritativeness is elusive. Merritt archive the sad arc of Arbuckle's career afterwards his acquittal, emphasizing the adherence of accompany like Buster Keaton, and discusses his consecutive assignment abaft the camera and on the amphitheater stage, area audiences generally accustomed him warmly. The columnist addendum that the Arbuckle case was one of the ancient in America's ability wars. Arbuckle emerges as a affectionate figure, but abounding others, including cine moguls, don’t book as well. The absolute annual of one of Hollywood's best belled scandals.
In 1921, one of the biggest movie stars in the world was accused of killing a woman. What followed was an unprecedented avalanche of press coverage, the original “trial of the century,” and a wave of censorship that altered the course of Hollywood filmmaking. It began on Labor Day, when comic actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, then at the pinnacle of his fame and fortune, hosted a party in San Francisco’s best hotel. As the party raged, he was alone in room 1219 with Virginia Rappe, a minor actress. Four days later, she died, and he was charged with her murder. Room 1219 tells the story of Arbuckle’s improbable rise and stunning fall—from Hollywood’s first true superstar to its first pariah. Simultaneously, it presents the crime story from the day of the “orgy” through the three trials. Relying on a careful examination of documents, the book finally reveals, after almost a century of wild speculation, what most likely occurred in room 1219. In addition, Room 1219 covers the creation of the film industry—from the first silent experiments to a studio-based system capable of making and, ultimately, breaking a beloved superstar.
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