The movies that changed us : reflections on the screen
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- ISBN: 0743410432
x, 324 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2002.
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- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2002 November #2
In this extremely readable work, Clooney, former host of the cable channel American Movie Classics, examines one German and 19 U.S. films that "changed us," with content that was either on top or ahead of the curve. Thus, a great film like Citizen Kane does not make the cut, as it did not change society, but Boy's Town, The Birth of a Nation, and Taxi Driver do. Each of Clooney's short essays underscores why one particular film profoundly affected the viewing audience, for better or worse, whereas thousands of other merely "entertained." Some readers may question whether a film was really so influential, but Clooney is thought-provoking, and his occasional interviews with the original film personnel are alone worth the price. An interesting accompaniment to more scholarly studies of audience reaction, including Passionate Views, edited by Carl Plantigna and Greg M. Smith, and Janet Staiger's Perverse Spectators, this is highly recommended for all cultural studies collections.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ., TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.