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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,086 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Harris Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde—and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood, and America, forever.

It’s the mid-1960s, and westerns, war movies, and blockbuster musicals such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music dominate the box office. The Hollywood studio system, with its cartels of talent and its production code, is hanging strong, or so it would seem. Meanwhile, Warren Beatty wonders why his career isn’t blooming after the success of his debut in Splendor in the Grass; Mike Nichols wonders if he still has a career after breaking up with Elaine May; and even though Sidney Poitier has just made history by becoming the first black Best Actor winner, he’s still feeling completely cut off from opportunities other than the same “noble black man” role. And a young actor named Dustin Hoffman struggles to find any work at all.

The product of extraordinary and unprecedented access to the principals of all five films, married to twenty years’ worth of insight covering the film industry and a bewitching storyteller’s gift, Mark Harris’s Pictures at a Revolution is a bravura accomplishment and a work that feels iconic itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fresh and candid…A particularly accomplished debut book.”

    New York Times

  • “A colorful, comprehensive, and nicely nuanced portrait of the movie industry in the throes of wrenching yet liberating change.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Likely to be one of the classics of popular film history.”

    Washington Post

  • "Pictures at a Revolution is a superb achievement, and one can only hope that some aspiring, wild-eyed auteur reads it and storms the studio gates.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Lloyd James reads almost flawlessly…This outstanding audio is intriguing, lively, entertaining, and educational.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 2/20/2014

    " A good account of the creative processes surrounding these five movies, but I would have liked to hear more about their significance concerning the emergence of a "New Hollywood." Overall, a good read that was highly informative to a classic film buff like myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alex | 2/10/2014

    " AWESOME book for movie lovers. The story of 1967 as the bursting forth of New Hollywood was for me completely engrossing, especially if you've seen the films (except Dr. Doolittle, which apparently is not worth seeing). Highlights for me - Sydney Poitier's constant wrestling with the burden of being the sole leading black actor in Hollywood as he is second guessed constantly by society (and himself); Spencer Tracy's incredibly heroic effort to complete the shoot of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner while his health is completely collapsing; the amazing debacle of the production of Dr. Doolittle; all the creative shifts from Old Hollywood style studio production to the more daring approaches of Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate; the Six-Day War saving Bonnie and Clyde from a studio head who hated the film; and so much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/8/2014

    " I started reading this book this morning, and despite my rather hectic Monday schedule (on a truck I haven't driven in toto since forever ago), I am now roughly halfway through it, and if I don't finish it tonight, I certainly will tomorrow. This is one hell of a read, and deftly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trisha | 2/7/2014

    " 1967 was a great year for movies and of the five academy award nominees I remember seeing four of them and thinking they were all worth being given the Oscar. This book is a fascinating look at what went into the following five pictures: Bonnie and Clyde, In the Heat of the Night; the Graduate; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; and the monumentally terrible Doctor Dolittle. The book takes us behind the scenes to follow each movie from its inception to what happened the night of the Academy Awards. We're given all the juicy details about long drawn out negotiations with producers, the scripting processes, what went on when the movies went over their budgets, the problems with directors, producers, stars, marketing folks and the way the viewing public responded. Along the way we're treated to all sorts of other intriguing information about the film-making industry, and so for anyone who loves movies this book is a well worth reading. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Harris

Mark Harris has worked for many years as a writer and an editor covering movies, television, and books for Entertainment Weekly. He is the author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. A graduate of Yale University, he lives in New York City with his husband, Tony Kushner.