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The Stewardess Is Flying the Plane!: American Films of The 1970s
     

The Stewardess Is Flying the Plane!: American Films of The 1970s

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by Ron Hogan, Peter Bogdanovich (Other), Peter Bogdanovich
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Beatrice.com book-blogger Hogan opens his glossy, thematic narrative of '70s movies with an illuminating conversation with Peter Bogdanovich, director of The Last Picture Show and other iconic films from that decade. After all, it was Bogdanovich and his cohort of directors-Cassavetes, Coppola, Scorsese and others-who broke from the bloated studio system in favor of smaller scale, more experimental filmmaking. Bogdanovich explains that their new style used "essentially classic American narrative film technique but not looking at things in a conventional, cleaned-up way." Hogan then indulges in a free-form romp through various film genres-science fiction, disasters, war, thrillers, westerns, etc.-mentioning more than 400 movies. In a few words or phrases about the plot or star, Hogan reveals quirky details on the making of the films, from inspiration to budgets to box office results. While the text is engrossing and written with verve, the photos are the real delight. Some are candid shots from the set, others promotional stills, and a few-enough, perhaps-are favorite scenes from favorite films (like M*A*S*H's version of The Last Supper). As coffee-table books go, this is one of the year's most fun. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821257517
Publisher:
Bulfinch
Publication date:
11/09/2005
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Hogan is a film historian, specializing in the history of the Hollywood studio film. He is the founder and head writer of Beatrice.com, one of the Internet's first literary websites, and has conducted interviews with hundreds of celebrities, including authors, directors, and actors. He was a book review editor at Amazon.com, specializing in both history and general nonfiction, and currently writes for Publishers Weekly. He lives in New York City.

Peter Bogdanovich, director, actor, writer, and critic, is one of the most important figures in 1970s film, directing such landmark movies as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon. He is also an established film historian, and has published some of the best books about the film industry, including Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors, and Who the Hell's In It: Portraits and Conversations.

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The Stewardess Is Flying the Plane! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the title to the inside back cover this is an amusing, pop-culture, fantasy fest. I rec'd this for Christmas and everyone who walks in the living room picks it up to comment. It's enjoyable, informative, nostalgic and the perfect gift for anyone who grew up in the 70's like I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not just a coffee table book, though, if you're in the mood to flip through for fun when you can't find your reading glasses, it will certainly do- but it is a serious text about the why and who of this era of film- odd-ball details, quotes and special pages for the BIG stars (even Charlton Heston, who was a main crush of yours truly before I learned about his politics). This is the kind of book you can buy for a friend who loves movies or buy for yourself. Either way, leave it out when people come over. You will talk, laugh, and if you're old enough- remember that date who talked through Vanishing Point so you had to go see it again to savor Barry Newman without interference. Highly recommended.