Americas Film Legacy, 2009-2010: A Viewers Guide

Overview

America's Film Legacy, 2009-2010 is a guide to the most significant films ever made in the United States. Unlike opinionated "Top 100" and arbitrary "Best of" lists, these are the real thing: groundbreaking films that make up the backbone of American cinema.

Each of the 50 newest titles in the National Film Registry is covered in a detailed essay that includes cast, credits, and major awards, as well as screening information and film stills. From well-known movies like The ...

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Overview

America's Film Legacy, 2009-2010 is a guide to the most significant films ever made in the United States. Unlike opinionated "Top 100" and arbitrary "Best of" lists, these are the real thing: groundbreaking films that make up the backbone of American cinema.

Each of the 50 newest titles in the National Film Registry is covered in a detailed essay that includes cast, credits, and major awards, as well as screening information and film stills. From well-known movies like The Muppet Movie and Dog Day Afternoon, to more obscure films, like A Study in Reds and Hot Dogs for Gauguin, Daniel Eagan's beautifully written and updated edition is for anyone who loves American movies and who wants to learn more about them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eagan made a major contribution to film studies with 2009's American Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry—a chronological catalogue of the first 500 selections to be preserved as among "the significant films in our motion picture history." This new book of the 50 new films displays all of the merits of Eagan's first effort: each film has a complete cast and credit list along with an entertaining and often provocative essay by Eagan in which the film isn't described in detail but rather is placed "in context" to show "how they may have been inspired by earlier films, how they compare to other movies of their time, and how they may have affected movies to come." Thus Eagan engagingly discusses Newark Athlete, a one-second, 30-frame fragment of a 1891 film by Thomas Edison that laid the groundwork for his later development of the Kinetoscope (and perhaps motion pictures themselves), with the same skill that he brings to Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in The West," a 165 minute "summation of the Western form… as persuasive a vision of the West as anyone working at that time could deliver." (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441158697
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,266,053
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Eagan has worked for Warner Bros., MGM, and other studios as a researcher and story analyst. He edited HBO's Guide to Movies on Videocassette and Cable TV (HarperCollins) and MGM: When the Lion Roars (Turner Publishing), to which he also contributed articles. He currently writes for Smithsonian and Film Journal, and lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2009-2010 Edition Introduction to the Original Edition Acknowledgments How to Read the Entries List of 2009-2010 Selections in Chronological Order
2009-2010 Films Index of Film Titles and Principle Filmmakers
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