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Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood Paperback – Bargain Price, January 27, 2009
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Instead of tracing these films individually, the author looks more holistically at the middle of the decade when a diverse array of people concurrently faced a multitude of challenges in getting their pictures made.Read more ›
Ironically Sidney Poitier was shut out for a Best Actor Oscar with three brilliant performances, two of them in the Best Picture category. These little tidbits are found in the book that follows the five movies from pre-production to the Oscar. The narrative is quite readable and the behind the scenes stories are interesting and amusing. Mr. Harris should pick out other landmark years and repeat the process. This book is a must for any movie fan.
HOWEVER: I am appalled a the sloppiness of the CD reading. Did anyone listen to it? Mr. Harris? Was there a producer? The numerous mis-pronunciations of names and places really made listening a very difficult experience:
The Mad Woman of Shiloh?
And on and on. Numerous egregious errors. If only the reader had done his homework. And if only someone had listened to the finished product. Shameful - particularly because the reader has a very appealing voice and delivery.
Surely anyone interested in what was going on culturally & politically in the late 60s would find the book informative. It's a well thought-out blend of both.
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In 1967, Hollywood gave the world, among many other movies, a musical flop from the git-go (DR. DOLITTLE), an earnest movie about race relations that many critics found dated upon... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Allen Smalling
It was the beginning of the downfall of Hollywood which we are seeing right now. Oscars for movies no one wants to see. The narcissists are finally losing.Published 4 months ago by Katerina
This is my second book I have read by Mark Harris after reading Five Came Back.
This book is about changing Hollywood changing based on looking at the five Best Picture... Read more
Good book about a period of time where there were major upheavals happening everywhere and it how it effected Hollywood.Published 8 months ago by Alex
Great book for reading about the change that took place in movies. Also, fun to read about how movies are made.Published 9 months ago by Joanne
Extremely interesting and informative for those interested in the creative and business sides of the movie industry. Well written and easy to read!Published 12 months ago by Frederick Harrison
You have to like the 5 movies that are the main thrust of the book. I didn't like 3 of them and never saw two of them, so it was merely an exercise for me. Did not finish the book.Published 13 months ago