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
Other books I have read about the motion picture industry have, for the most part, been full of interesting and fun facts and anecdotes, but not particularly solid histories. This book scores on both accounts.
A fascinating history examining the production of each of the 5 Best Picture nominees for the 1967 Academy Awards (In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, Dr. Doolittle, Bonnie and Clyde and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), this book attempts to identify the beginnings of the "New H...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
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
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
What a great read!
Sidney Poitier is one of the main characters of the book and the author spends a lot of time setting the scene of 1960s liberal H...more