Sunday, April 27, 2008

check it out: books!

Can you remember, or guess, what the 5 films were that were nominated for the best picture Oscar in 1967? Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the new Hollywood by Mark Harris, will give you the answer and a lot more. A brilliant storyteller, Harris captures the upheaval in the big Studio System in Hollywood in '67 and '68, as well as the racial and cultural upheaval of the US in general. I found this book at once fascinating and shocking; luckily, we've come so far from the racism and sexism of that era.
The movies he follows for several years until they were finally released in 1967 are: Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, and Dr. Dolittle. "Based on unprecedented access to the actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, and executives whose movies defined the era, as well as a wealth of previously unexplored archival material, Pictures at a Revolution is an utterly original, revealing, and entertaining history of a true cultural watershed." --book jacket

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