You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet

You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet : American Talking Film, History and Memory, 1927-49

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 583 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 40.64mm | 861.82g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195134265
  • 9780195134261

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"Film historian Sarris brings a bit of everything to this enticing, encyclopedic book--political and social history, autobiography, psychology, formal sense, common sense."--Entertainment Weekly"An indispensable reference on American movies."--The Baltimore Sun"[A] profound, penetrating study by the highly regarded film critic... a treat for readers. "--San Francisco Chronicleshow more

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 more

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