Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
It's the mid-1960s, and westerns, war movies and blockbuster m...more
Or a well-made, socially conscious melodrama like “In the Heat of the Night” over groundbreaking movies like “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Graduate.” That’s part of the story that Mark Harris tells in his richly fascinating book, “Pictures at a Revolution,” which focuses on the five nominees for best picture in 1...more
Oh, boy, did I ever.
Mark Harris really delves into a detailed history of each movie, from conception to pitching to production to marketing to the actual Academy Awards ceremony. I lov...more
I have only seen one of the five 1967 Best Picture Nominees which are the subject of this book -- and that one, arguably the worst of the lot, "Doctor Dolittle" not since I was a child. My first mission is to put all five of these films on my Netflix list and bump them to the top of the queue. How does one live to be...more
The author believes the five films nominated for the 1968 Academy Awards (Doctor Doolittle, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, and Bonnie & Clyde) represent a watershed moment between "old" and "new" Hollywood.
The book chronicles the making of the films from the earliest pre-script phase, through casting, production, and finally ending at the awards themselves. It is a f...more
The last of those pictures is the anomaly, an example of the overblown, expen...more
It was, in short, an exhilarating time to be a film bu...more
It is a fascinating look at 1967, a pivotal time in Hollywood film when a new generation rose to challenge the old with challenging new work like the European influenced storytelling of Bonnie and Clyde or the irreverent comedy of The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, a brilliant young actor who would redefine star appeal ever since. Meanwhile the old guard was falling on its face with emb...more
Harris does a fantastic job of depicting what working in film was like in the 60s: the commercial pressures, the mechanics of how projects were put together, the cultural milieu and the personalities driving the industry. The book is at...more
Mark Harris, a former editor for Entertainment Weekly, combines his remarkable knowledge of film history with interviews and research that capture the Zeitgeist of the late 1960s, particularly the cloistered, changing world of Hollywood. The films that challenged the industry's expectations were, Harris writes, "game changers, movies that had originated far from Hollywood and had grown into critics' darlings and major popular phenomena." In the manner of Otto Friedrich's City of Nets, Peter Bisk...more