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You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet The American Talking Film, History and Memory, 1927-1949

ISBN-10: 0195134265

ISBN-13: 9780195134261

Edition: 1999

Authors: Andrew Sarris

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Andrew Sarris has long been one of America's most celebrated writers on film, author of the seminal work The American Cinema, and for decades a highly regarded critic, first for The Village Voice and more recently for The New York Observer. Now comes Sarris's definitive statement on film, in a masterwork that has taken 25 years to complete. Here is a sweeping--and highly personal--history of American film, from the birth of the talkies (beginning with The Jazz Singer and Al Jolson's memorable line "You ain't heard nothin' yet") to the decline of the studio system. By far the largest section of the book celebrates the work of the great American film directors, with giants such as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, and Howard Hawks examined film by film. Sarris also offers glowing portraits of major stars, from Garbo and Bogart to Ingrid Bergman, Margaret Sullavan, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard. There is a tour of the studios--Metro, Paramount, RKO, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal--revealing how each left its own particular stamp on film. And in perhaps the most interesting and original section, we are treated to an informative look at film genres--the musical, the screwball comedy, the horror picture, the gangster film, and the western. A lifetime of watching and thinking about cinema has gone into this book. It is the history that film buffs have been waiting for.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

The Hollywood Studios
The Studio Mystique
The Myth of Metro
The Panache of Paramount
Warner Brothers
20th Century-Fox
Columbia Pictures
The Musical
The Gangster Film
The Horror Film
The Screwball Comedy
The Western
The Film Noir
The War Film
The Directors
D.W. Griffith
King Vidor
Charles Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Harold Lloyd
John Ford
Josef von Sternberg
Alfred Hitchcock
Howard Hawks
Orson Welles
Ernest Lubitsch
Preston Sturges
Billy Wilder
Leo McCarey
George Cukor
William Wyler
Frank Capra
George Stevens
Frank Borzage
John Stahl
Max Ophuls
Actors and Actresses
Greta Garbo
James Cagney
Edward G. Robinson
Humphrey Bogart
Bette Davis
Cary Grant
Margaret Sullavan
Ingrid Bergman
Irene Dunne
Myrna Loy
Norma Shearer
Jean Harlow
Barbara Stanwyck
Claudette Colbert
W.C. Fields
The Marx Brothers
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
Vivien Leigh
Guilty Pleasures
The B-Picture
Louise Brooks
Mary Astor
Anne Baxter
Wanda Hendrix
Lost Horizon
My Foolish Heart
Academy Awards: Nominations and Winners, 1927-1949
New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 1935-1949
Best Directors, 1927-1949
Best Performances, 1929-1949
Index of Films
Index of Names