Bigger Than Blockbusters: Movies That Defined America by James Roman

By James Roman

Whether it is the hum drum life of Marion Crane and her illicit love affair, the psychotic antics of Norman Bates, the surprising irrational migration of birds, a crop duster swooping down on Roger Thornhill in the course of nowhere, or Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace's unforgettable dance at Jack Rabbit SliM&Apos;s - they're all cinematic moments that without end replaced the psyche and viewing adventure of yankee audiences. Bigger Than Blockbusters: videos That outlined America tells the tales at the back of the main major and influential motion pictures in American tradition, videos that experience had a profound impact at the literary, cinematic and pop culture of our time.

Arranged chronologically, the quantity supplies readers a chance to put the flicks in the context of the social and cultural historical dynamic of the time, making this a terrific resource for pupil papers and reviews. every one access comprises the filmmaker, actors, liberate details, a synopsis of the movie, critics' studies, awards, present availability, after which history at the making of the movie in an inventive, financial, and technological context. Spanning all genres, together with horror and drama, experience, comedy, musicals, technological know-how fiction, and extra, this quantity is loaded with sufficient trivialities and factoids to fulfill even the main die-hard motion picture buff. additionally incorporated are different maximum movies compilations from the nationwide Society of movie Critics and memorable resources for comparative reasons. sure to motivate forays into movie favorites in addition to a few very vigorous debate, this source is vital analyzing for movie fanatics and scholars alike.

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They have earned the audience’s respect, while Hatfield and banker Gatewood are viewed with contempt. In addition to its didactic narrative, Stagecoach is visually compelling, with its vast photographic vistas of Utah’s Monument Valley. In his March 3, 1939, New York Times review, Frank Nugent describes “a motion picture that sings a song of camera. com/movie). Indeed, Stagecoach invokes the mythology of the frontier and serves as muse for other directors (Clint Eastwood, for example). And, it pays homage to the great American authors who chronicled their experiences on the prairie.

I never drink… wi-i-i-ne. For one who has not lived even a single life time, you are a wise man, Van Helsing. ” Karl Freund, a German immigrant and talented cameraman, brought his aesthetic to the brooding imagery of Dracula. Many talented German filmmakers, including Freund, pioneered the visual elements of classic horror, and Freund worked with the 18 Through a Glass. . Darkly, 1915–1938 Helen Chandler and Bela Lugosi. [Photofest] most creative directors of that time, including Robert Wiene (The Cabinet of Dr.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Victor Fleming (director), Mervyn LeRoy (producer) WRITER(S): Noel Langley (screenplay, adaptation), Florence Ryerson (screenplay), Edgar Allan Woolf (screenplay), L. Frank Baum (novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) CAST: Judy Garland (Dorothy Gale), Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel/The Gatekeeper/The Carriage Driver/The Guard Who Cries/The Wizard of Oz), Ray Bolger (Hunk/The Scarecrow), Bert Lahr (Zeke/The Cowardly Lion), Jack Haley (Hickory/The Tin Man), Billie Burke (Glinda), Margaret Hamilton (Elmira Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West/The Wicked Witch of the East), Charley Grapewin (Uncle Henry), Pat Walshe (Nikko), Clara Blandick (Auntie Em) CINEMATOGRAPHY: Harold Rosson Music: Herbert Stothart LENGTH AND RATING: 101 min; NR 32 A Rumble to War, 1939–1942 From Dorothy’s ruby red shoes, worn by the deceased Wicked Witch of the East and visualized in full three-strip Technicolor, to the soulful, floppy, comedic melody of the Scarecrow’s (Ray Bolger) “If I Only Had a Brain”… I could wile away the hours, Conferrin’ with the flowers Consultin’ with the rain, And my head I’d be scratchin’ While my thoughts were busy hatchin’, If I only had a brain… this film is an artistic representation of a great American story, a fantasy with themes children and adults understand, loveable characters, and a clear delineation between good and evil.

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