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Posted October 9, 2008
Love Movies? Love the '60s? You'll Love This
A fun, engrossing, extraordinarily researched book about the 5 best picture nominees at the 1968 Academy Awards. If this sounds like a slender premise for a book, think again: the nominees that year represented Hollywood's past and future, making them a microcosm of the American movie industry in turmoil as it sought to reinvent itself in the wake of the nouvelle vague (and other innovative film trends from Europe) that had crashed on our shores during the preceding decade. The best thing about the book -- aside from its wit and readability -- is its foundation on personal interviews Harris conducted with so many of the nominees' principal players: Warren Beatty, Mike Nichols, Buck Henry, Arthur Penn, and many others. They dish it ... and it's all on the page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2008
This book doesn't merely tell the story of the conception and creation of five movies. It uses those movies to tell the story of a changing industry, struggling between the security of the old and the pull of the new. And it does this while pulling you in page after page and chapter after chapter. If you care about movies and the way they are a product of the society creating them, read this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2008
Truly uncommonly good
The idea of a 400-page book focused on only 5 movies sounds questionable, but I was pleased to discover that in Harris' hands, the material is more than rich enough. Some books I borrow, some I buy in paperback, but this is honestly one I want to own in hardcover. It's going on the top shelf with Sarris, Rosenbaum, Eyman and Lopate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2008
I am a bit of Hollywood history buff and it is wonderful having a number of books on the subject out right now 'check out Misfits Country'. In this well written and excellently researched book the author takes the reader back to 1967 and analyzes the five nominees for best picture and there reflection and effects on society in at that momentous time of change. The Movies are: 'The Graduate '40th Anniversary Collector's Edition',' 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner '40th Anniversary Edition',' 'Bonnie and Clyde,' 'In the Heat of the Night '40th Anniversary Collector's Edition'' and 'Doctor Dolittle.' Aside from being a great walk down memory lane it is also full of insightful social commentary. The sixties were a special time of social change and the movies and the movies of that decade reflected and effected this change on so many levels. I would love to see the author expand on this in another book that might take on the best movies of the decade.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2013
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