July 30, 2014

Kenneth Turan spoke about his book, Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film, in conversation with Lynn Neary at Politics & Prose on Wednesday July 30, 2014.

One of the most discerning critics writing today, Kenneth Turan offers insights that are sure to delight and inspire movie-lovers of all kinds in his latest book, Not To Be Missed. As sophisticated and illuminating as the films they discuss, Turan's sketches are a blend of cultural analysis, historical anecdote and sordid Hollywood controversy, astute critical appraisals, all suffused with his abiding love for the silver screen.

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ISBN: 9781610396318
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 5th, 2016

March 26, 2014

Mark Harris spoke about his book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Harris, longtime Entertainment Weekly writer and editor and author of Pictures at a Revolution, focuses on five major filmmakers to analyze the role Hollywood played in World War II, and vice-versa. When the U.S. entered the war, John Ford, Frank Capra, William Wyler, John Huston, and George Stevens joined the military, filming battles, liberations, and invasions. Harris chronicles their achievements and the struggles with bureaucracy, ideology, and budgets.

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ISBN: 9780143126836
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Published: Penguin Books - February 24th, 2015

November 1, 2013

Rebecca Eaton spoke about her book, Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, at Politics & Prose on Friday, November 1, 2013.

For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton has presided over PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the longest running weekly prime time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits Upstairs, Downstairs and The Buccaneers, to the hugely popular Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, and Poirot, Masterpiece Theatre and its sibling series Mystery! have been required viewing for fans of quality drama.

Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes—including photos taken with her own camera—about her decades-spanning career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford and the multiple, highly-rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as well as her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media and online streaming. Along the way she shares stories about actors and other luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield.

Readers will also get to know Eaton on a personal level. With a childhood steeped in theater, an affinity for nineteenth century novels and culture, and an “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC, Eaton was practically born to lead the Masterpiece and Mystery! franchises. Making Masterpiece marks the first time the driving force behind the enduring flagship show reveals all.

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ISBN: 9780670015351
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Published: Viking - October 29th, 2013

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