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The Best Years of Our Lives - BFI Film Classics (Paperback)Sarah Kozloff (author)
Despite winning nine Academy Awards, Best Years was soon engulfed in political conflict from both the right and the left. Disagreements about the film's politics foreshadowed HUAC's anti-Communist investigations and the fracturing of the Hollywood community that culminated in the collapse of the studio system.
Sarah Kozloff's discussion of the film's development, production and reception history draws on archival research to shed new light on our understanding of this much-loved movie, and to bring The Best Years of Our Lives back where it belongs: in our collections, in our libraries, and in our hearts.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 199 g
Dimensions: 190 x 135 x 8 mm
Part of my admiration for this intelligent and judicious contribution to the BFI Film Classics - a series that by now may qualify as the most successful and title-heavy book series in the history of film criticism, perhaps in any language - is my conviction, which I share with Kozloff, that William Wyler's 1946, 171-minute masterpiece about returning American soldiers after the end of WW2 is, existentially speaking, a rare and almost unprecedented act of witness and social conscience for a Hollywood feature. * Jonathan Rosenbaum *
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