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Pictures at a Revolution This comprehensive, engaging, and dishy account of the five Best Picture nominees from 1967 is one of the most entertaining books I ve read in a while The movies in question marked a turning point in American filmmaking, when daring, unusual works BONNIE AND CLYDE and THE GRADUATE , social commentary IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and GUESS WHO S COMING TO DINNER and stodgy, big budget road shows DOCTOR DOLITTLE were vying for prominence and ticket sales.Rather than tell the story of each film o This comprehensive, engaging, and dishy account of the five Best Picture nominees from 1967 is one of the most entertaining books I ve read in a while The movies in question marked a turning point in American filmmaking, when daring, unusual works BONNIE AND CLYDE and THE GRADUATE , social commentary IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and GUESS WHO S COMING TO DINNER and stodgy, big budget road shows DOCTOR DOLITTLE were vying for prominence and ticket sales.Rather than tell the story of each film one by one, Harris weaves their production histories together chronologically While BONNIE AND CLYDE was struggling to find a director, THE GRADUATE was going through numerous rewrites and failing to find the right tone for such droll source material Meanwhile, production of DOCTOR DOLITTLE proved to be an unending comedy of errors due to disastrous location shoots, untamable animals, and an unhinged Rex Harrison We also learn how Sidney Poitier s involvement in th This book was a honking huge volume Luckily, I really enjoy books about production history, I was already familar with all of the films and we had talked a little bit about the birth of New Hollywood in several of my critical studies film classes at USC So, I came into the book knowing that I would love it Oh, boy, did I ever.Mark Harris really delves into a detailed history of each movie, from conception to pitching to production to marketing to the actual Academy Awards ceremony I lov This book was a honking huge volume Luckily, I really enjoy books about production history, I was already familar with all of the films and we had talked a little bit about the birth of New Hollywood in several of my critical studies film classes at USC So, I came into the book knowing that I would love it Oh, boy, did I ever.Mark Harris really delves into a detailed history of each movie, from conception to pitching to production to marketing to the actual Academy Awards ceremony I loved it He used a very strict chronological timeframe, so his descriptions of projects often bled into each other if things happened at the same time I couldn t really differentiate chapters and couldn t actually understand the point of the divisions in the structure of the book Despite that little construction issue, I really loved the included pictures, the funny li Explores The Epic Human Drama Behind The Making Of The Five Movies Nominated For Best Picture In Guess Who S Coming To Dinner, The Graduate, In The Heat Of The Night, Doctor Doolittle, And Bonnie And Clyde And Through Them, The Larger Story Of The Cultural Revolution That Transformed Hollywood, And America, Forever Oscar plays it safe You can trust the Academy to pick a Forrest Gump over a Pulp Fiction, an Ordinary People over a Raging Bull, or a Kramer vs Kramer over an Apocalypse Now Or a well made, socially conscious melodrama like In the Heat of the Night over groundbreaking movies like Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate That s part of the story that Mark Harris tells in his richly fascinating book, Pictures at a Revolution, which focuses on the five nominees for best picture in 1 Oscar plays it safe You can trust the Academy to pick a Forrest Gump over a Pulp Fiction, an Ordinary People over a Raging Bull, or a Kramer vs Kramer over an Apocalypse Now Or a well made, socially conscious melodrama like In the Heat of the Night over groundbreaking movies like Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate That s part of the story that Mark Harris tells in his richly fascinating book, Pictures at a Revolution, which focuses on the five nominees for best picture in 1968 the other two were Guess Who s Coming to Dinner and Doctor Dolittle The conventional way of writing about five movies would be to devote a section of the book to each But Harris does somethingdifficult and farilluminating He weaves together the stories of how each movie was conceived, crafted, released, critiqued and received He writes about the five or six years in which the filmmakers, some of them old pros and This book is journalism at its absolute best impeccable research and a wonderful story The best histories are not just about their own subject, but give you a whole feel for the time and place Harris has g This is pretty film geekily interesting and just the complete detail you want behind the scenes of the five movies that were nominated for Best Picture in 1967 In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who s Coming to Dinner, and Dr Dolittle Great history and context and the detailed battle of getting something produced and marketed So detailed, you start from the second the screenwriters behind Bonnie and Clyde thought of the script and the million years until they sa This is pretty film geekily interesting and just the complete detail you want behind the scenes of the five movies that were nominated for Best Picture in 1967 In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who s Coming to Dinner, and Dr Dolittle Great history and context and the detailed battle of getting something produced and marketed So detailed, you start from the second the screenwriters behind Bonnie and Clyde thought of the script and the million years until they saw it on screen My favorite and possibly all time good reason for not liking someone s wife apparently SPOILER ALERT INAPPROPRIATE Rex Harrison and his wife were legendary drunks, her main booze trick was barking like a dog Ot This is one of my all time favorite nonfiction books, and was actually the basis of my final project for my readers advisory class in library school, and it s funny and well organized and sort of gently sweet in a way you don t always expect from a Hollywood history making of kind of book. I m embarrassed to admit something, but first some background info My friends and family know I love movies Beth and I watch a new release every weekend and have for about 5 years now, but we also own tons of dvds and watch them regularly as well Our viewing isn t confined to genre fare although we happen to love horror, sci fi, western, etc or American Kurosawa, Bergman, Truffaut, etc are all well represented in our home , and most years we even try to see all the films nominated for Be I m embarrassed to admit something, but first some background info My friends and family know I love movies Beth and I watch a new release every weekend and have for about 5 years now, but we also own tons of dvds and watch them regularly as well Our viewing isn t confined to genre fare although we happen to love horror, sci fi, western, etc or American Kurosawa, Bergman, Truffaut, etc are all well represented in our home , and most years we even try to see all the films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards My favorite actor of all time is probably Paul Newman, and he was nominated for Best Actor in one of my favorite movies ever, Cool Hand Luke in the year 1967, and The Dirty Dozen is another of my favorites released that year So, my confession I ve never actually seen The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie and Clyde, or the ori Five movies were nominated for Best Picture that year BONNIE AND CLYDE, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, GUESS WHO S COMING TO DINNER, DR DOOLITTLE, and THE GRADUATE Each movie had something to say about how Old Hollywood was coping or not coping with the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the Sixties But BONNIE AND CLYDE and THE GRADUATE in particular were movies that suggested a New Hollywood wa Over at the film nerd social network I belong to, Letterboxd.com, one of the tasks in this month s Movie Scavenger Hunt is to watch one of the films discussed in Mark Harris 2008 book Pictures at a Revolution and I thought this would give me a good excuse to finally read the book itself as well, which I ve been wanting to do ever since it came out An ingenious blend of Hollywood insider tale and legitimate history text, Harris takes the five movies nominated for the 1967 Best Picture Oscar Over at the film nerd social network I belong to, Letterboxd.com, one of the tasks in this month s Movie Scavenger Hunt is to watch one of the films discussed in Mark Harris 2008 book Pictures at a Revolution and I thought this would give me a good excuse to finally read th

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