Viva Hollywood

The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film
by Luis I. Reyes, Jimmy Smits

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Through an authoritative narrative and lavish photography, this is an in-depth history of the stars, films, achievements, and influence of the Hispanic and Latino community in Hollywood history from the silent era to the present day.

Overcoming obstacles of prejudice, ignorance, and stereotyping, this group has given the world some of...

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Published By Running Press Adult

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 288

Publication Date 09/13/2022

ISBN 9780762478484

Dimensions 7.75 inches x 9.5 inches

"The [new] book shows how Latinos have been involved in the film industry since its inception and puts a focus on Latinos who had a hand in creating innovative special effects for the iconic 1933 'King Kong' movie and and scenography for 'Citizen Kane' in 1941."
— NBC News

"Among the most compelling parts of Reyes’ book are the tidbits of Hispanic influence that have been lost to history, like that some of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous on-screen dresses were designed by a Hispanic costumer. . . and that it was a Mexican American sculptor behind the puppets used to make the original “King Kong” movie."
— Axios

"TCM has lately excelled at reframing Hollywood history and uncovering oft-ignored parts of its myth-making. Reyes' book is a sterling addition to the collection, complete with pages and pages of lush photography, in addition to its vital storytelling."
— Entertainment Weekly