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Pictures at a Revolution by Mark  Harris
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Nov 13, 10

Read in November, 2010

Fantastic book about the American film industry, circa 1967. By examining the five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture of 1967, Harris dissects the movies, the people associated with them, and the effects that each film has had since. It was a turning point in American movie making. The old guard (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Doctor Doolittle) were being brushed aside by the new upstarts (Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate). In the Heat of the Night rounded out the five and in many ways represented something of both the other camps. For anybody who is interested in American films, this is book is a godsend. Well researched, well written, and with just enough behind-the-scenes "dirt" to keep you guessing. ( e.g."What will Rex Harrison and his wife do on their next drunken binge?")

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