Back in print after more than fifteen years, this American Film Institute Catalog covers the decade of the sixties. This was the era in which films began to challenge the taboos on sex and violence and treated social issues in a new light. Included in this volume are The Wild Bunch, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The decade also produced such all-time classics as The Sound of Music, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Graduate.
After more than fifteen years, this initial volume of the American Film Institute Catalog series is again in print. The 1920s set covers the important filmmaking period when "movies" became "talkies," and the careers of many influential directors and actors were launched. Films such as Wings, The Phantom of the Opera, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Jazz Singer are included in this volume. After more than fifteen years, this initial volume of the American Film Institute Catalog series is again in print. The 1920s set covers the important filmmaking period when "movies" became "talkies," and the careers of many influential directors and actors were launched. Films such as Wings, The Phantom of the Opera, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Jazz Singer are included in this volume.
The American Film Institute Catalog has won great praise for its comprehensiveness, reliability, and utility. These volumes are an essential purchase for every library, and individual researchers will also find them indispensable. This newest AFI volume contains over 4,300 entries for feature-length films produced in the United States in the 1940s. The decade was an important and transitional one for filmmakers. Societal changes from the war years were reflected in films, and in the late 1940s the rise of television, the Hollywood blacklist, and the breakup of studio-owned theater chains greatly affected the number and types of films produced. Among films newly viewed for the book are such well-known classics as Citizen Kane, The Best Years of Our Lives, and Casablanca, along with less heralded films such as Fighting Men of the Plains and The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler. Entries include complete cast and crew credits, extensive plot summaries, and notes and sources for further study. A large accompanying volume provides access to the films through nine separate indexes, including personal and corporate names, subjects, and genres.
The American Film Institute Catalog volumes easily surpass all other film reference books for comprehensiveness, reliability, and utility. In a field bedevilled by quickly assembled and slipshod reference works, the Catalogs are the one essential purchase for every library. This set of volumes, on the teen years, covers a pivotal period in film history, encompassing the birth of the feature film and the development of the "film language" that still structures virtually all narrative films today. The decade saw the rise of stars, and of directors who left their creative mark on decades to come--Griffith, Ince, De Mille. Small firms gave way to consolidated studios. And film production relocated to the Southern California town whose name became synonymous with American films: Hollywood. Classics of the era such as De Mille's The Cheat and Griffith's Intolerance have reached popular audiences, and many others are being distributed on videocassette. New scholarly attention is focusing on the decade--especially on such questions as how stage melodrama elements were gradually incorporated into film narrative. But since film is also a record of folkways and national concerns, the rich materials catalogued here will be invaluable to social or cultural historians. As John Fell, author of Film and the Narrative Tradition, comments: "In a real sense, the AFI Catalog preserves and revitalizes old movies that will otherwise disappear . . . [it] will increasingly serve an audience far broader than motion picture history alone."
"[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.