Pictures at a Revolution
Author: Mark Harris
Original publication date: February 18, 2008
Mark Harris' Picture at a Revolution does more for behind-the-scenes insight than any DVD or Blu-ray special features could ever do. The former Entertainment Weekly editor (and current EW columnist) focuses on five motion pictures that signaled a change in Hollywood's ideologies and major studios' ways of functioning: The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, the disastrous Doctor Doolittle, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night.
Before their respective productions started, Hollywood was in bad shape, facing stiff competition from European film markets and desperately seeking a new renaissance. As Pictures at a Revolution elaborates upon, the American Civil Rights Movement and other social struggles triggered a powerful surge of fearless creativity, mostly channeled through artists like Warren Beatty, Sidney Poitier, and Mike Nichols, all of whom Harris profiles here. â€”MB