Scenes from a Revolution: The Birth of the New Hollywood

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Canongate Books, 2009 - Academy Awards (Motion pictures) - 490 pages
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The 1967 Academy Awards ceremony marked a pivotal moment in Hollywood's history: the shift from studio-generated epics, westerns and musicals, such as Doctor Dolittle, to the director-centered, European aesthetic seen in Bonnie & Clyde and The Graduate. It was the birth of the New Hollywood. Scenes from a Revolution tells the story of five films (In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie & Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, The Graduate, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), from the first drafts of the scripts to the impact of their release. The key players of the time, such as Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Arthur Penn, Mike Nichols and Sidney Poitier, many of whom Mark Harris has interviewed especially for this book, all feature prominently. It is also a book about Hollywood and the United States at a critical juncture in their history. Scenes from a Revolution is the story of this vital period in the development of Hollywood, and the films that came to reflect the countercultural thirst for change at the end of the sixties.

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User Review  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

"As in the case with most Academy Awards ceremonies, there was less symbolism to be extracted from the evening than morning-after analysts might have imagined, and even that applied only to the ... Read full review

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This history of the change in the movie and film industry focused around the Best Picture nominees for 1967. As a fan of film, I found the stories behind the stories fascinating. It reads like story that brings the facts to life. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Mark Harris graduated from Yale University in 1985 with a degree in English. In 1989, he joined the staff of Entertainment Weekly, a magazine published by Time Inc. covering movies, television, music, video and books. Mark worked on the staff of the magazine, first as a writer and eventually as the editor overseeing all movie coverage, from its launch in early 1990 until 2006. He now writes a column for the magazine called The Final Cut. He lives in New York City with his partner, the playwright Tony Kushner.

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