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 noted American film critic Andrew Sarris. 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 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. Perhaps the most interesting and original section is an informative look at film genres--the musical, the screwball comedy, the horror picture, the gangster film and the western.

Item number 28503
Category Book
Type Criticism/History
Dimensions Standard
Language English
Country of origin UK
Related people Andrew Sarris (Author)

Part of the Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell Collection