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Medium Cool: The Movies of the 1960s

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With authorit, and wit, Ethan Mordden explores American film and filmmakers in a crucial decade, the 1960s--the decade in which the way Hollywood made moviews and the way audiences perceived them were transformed--showing readers how film reflected, rather than gilded everyday life. 60 photographs.
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published September 19th 1990 by Knopf (first published 1990)
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Taylor
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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I love Mordden's opinionated writing - although sometimes I completely disagree with him. He does give a very thorough reading of the decade but I think he missed some key movies and his examination of foreign films was a bit spotty. It's a good book about sixties film, especially the early sixties but for later sixties and the emergence of New Cinema I prefer, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood and Easy Riders Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Ro ...more
Drew Raley
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Maddening. Mordden's prose is brilliant but what he has to say beggars belief. Needs fact checking and a second draft. This feels like it was written on commission by a clever hack. The copy I have has remainder marks all over it. I am not surprised.
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