The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen

The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen

by Nick Clooney
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The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen by Nick Clooney

There are movies we love, but only one movie in a thousand actually changes the way we live, the way we look at life, or the way we define entertainment.

Broadcast journalist Nick Clooney, best known as the silver-haired movie host on the cable channel American Movie Classics, has selected twenty movies that changed us, some for the better, some for the worse.

He starts with the recent past: Saving Private Ryan, a movie that changed the way people across the world view the American generation that fought World War Two; Star Wars, a motion picture so important that a missile defense system was named for it; and The Birth of a Nation, not only the first film to be hailed as the artistic equivalent to opera, literature, and painting, but also the first film to give a cloak of respectability to racial prejudice.

Clooney's debate-starting distinctions will engage, delight, and challenge everyone who loves movies: Did Taxi Driver change the way we view individual violence? Did The Graduate change the way we view romance? Did Dr. Strangelove change the way we contemplate mass destruction? Did The Best Years of Our Lives alter our behavior toward veterans? And did Triumph of the Will almost help the Nazis win the war?

Clooney ends with an epilogue on "The Movie That Never Was": the film that could have spurred the civil rights movement if only it had been made. "Sports changed things, the military changed things, and eventually the federal government changed things," Clooney writes, but in the matter of race, he concludes, the movies changed nothing.

Thought-provoking, entertaining, and compulsively readable, The MoviesThat Changed Us will delight film fans of every generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743410434
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 11/05/2002
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Nick Clooney is a renowned film historian and the former on-air host of the American Movie Classic cable channel, for which he received four Emmy Award nominations. He writes a column for the Cincinnati Post, and has authored two previous books — Cincinnati: City of Charm and Nick: The Collected Columns of Nick Clooney. He is the younger brother of the late Rosemary Clooney, and father of television and film star George Clooney.

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The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
love this book well done a man who knows hollywood love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful idea, and who better to interpret the old movies than that lovely man we watched on AMC! His choices were varied, not exactly my favorites, but who else loves musicals. This is a marvelous addition to any book collection.