Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood

To this day, the name Cecil B. DeMille is nothing short of legendary. An accomplished director, producer, and actor, DeMille’s epic films remain major achievements in cinema with much to unpack and discuss.

In Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, Robert S. Birchard takes readers through a chronicle of one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers, delving into DeMille’s 45-year career and lengthy filmography. In addition to documenting DeMille’s films, Birchard also portrays DeMille’s influence upon storytelling, paying special attention to decor, lighting, and cinematography.

Birchard’s narrative is strengthened by his reliance upon primary sources in addition to DeMille’s personal archives. This book is sure to be enjoyed by fans of early Hollywood and DeMille’s many endeavors as a filmmaker.


Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood is available for purchase through the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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