You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet : American Talking Film, History and Memory, 1927-49
In a work which took 25 years to complete, the author provides 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. 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 and Universal - revealing how each left its own particular stamp on film.
- Hardback | 583 pages
- 154.94 x 236.22 x 48.26mm | 1,020.58g
- 01 Jul 1998
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About Andrew Sarris
Andrew Sarris is film critic for The New York Observer and was for 29 years the critic for The Village Voice. The author of the seminal The American Cinema, he teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.