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Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
Author: Mark Harris
ISBN 13: 9780143115038
ISBN 10: 143115030
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2009-01-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
List Price: $17.00

Mark Harris beautifully depicts the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967—-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Doolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde—-and through them, tells the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood, and America, forever.

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It is the early 1960s, and two hip young Esquire staffers decide to write a screenplay about a pair of minor 1930s outlaws. A fast-talking, chain-smoking producer convinces a star of the stage to sign on to a big-budget movie musical. A wunderkind theater director hoping to make the leap into film reads a new novel about a disaffected young man seduced by an older woman. A middle-aged, socially conscious director embarks on a movie about interracial marriage and struggles to secure a legendary screen duo and the country's only bankable black star for the principal roles. And a studio weighs whether a mystery featuring that same black actor can be made cheaply enough to turn a profit even if it never plays in the South.