garbo-lg.jpgI whipped out my graduate text books to write an obituary for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the towering pillar of Classical Hollywood Cinema that was folded into Sony Corp earlier this week - but then David Thomson beat me to it. His NY Timesop-ed piece covers most of the bases: from boy wonder Irving Thalberg, who let his wife Norma Shearer make films about adultresses, but also forced the Marx Brothers to sing; to the mid-century coast towards the reign of Kirk Kekorian, who "plaster[ed] the three great initials on an emerald bunker in Las Vegas," and eventually sold out to Ted Turner - paving the way for the once-great studio to transition into maybe the greatest single cinema library.

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