Two cheers for hollywood
“I LOVED MOVIES, BUT . . .”
Joseph McBride has been writing about films for fifty years. His career as a critic and historian has included acclaimed biographies of Frank Capra, Steven Spielberg, and John Ford, and three books about Orson Welles. McBride’s extensive journalistic work, the best of which is collected in Two Cheers for Hollywood: Joseph McBride on Movies, includes interviews with directors; profiles of screenwriters; features on stars and craftspeople; accounts of visiting sets; and essays on some of his favorite films. Among the filmmakers he covers in Two Cheers for Hollywood are Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, John Huston, George Stevens, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Lester, Joe Dante, Hal Ashby, Elia Kazan, Robert Riskin, Abraham Polonsky, Michael Wilson, Marguerite Roberts, John Wayne, James Stewart, Peter O’Toole, and Katharine Hepburn.
Two Cheers for Hollywood is a rich, insightful, often amusing chronicle of McBride’s decades of covering the American film industry and observing its decline from the challenging films of the 1960s to the juvenilia of today. This provocative collection brings together sixty-four pieces with commentaries on them, including a new monograph on the Coen Bros. and several other essays written for this book. Two Cheers for Hollywood demonstrates why McBride has helped set the standard for the field of film scholarship. As the late novelist Thomas Flanagan wrote in The New York Review of Books , McBride “deploys his wide knowledge of American social and film history with tact, wit, and imagination.” McBride is a professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. He spent seven years as a film critic, reporter, and columnist for Daily Variety in Hollywood. His screenwriting credits include Rock ’n’ Roll High School and five American Film Institute Life Achievement Award specials on CBS-TV.
About the Author
Joseph McBride was born in Milwaukee in 1947 and educated at Marquette University High School and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He lives in Berkeley, California, and is a professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University, where he has been teaching since 2002.
McBride has written widely for film magazine and newspapers. He is the author of eighteen previous books, including biographies of Frank Capra, John Ford, and Steven Spielberg; the Howard Hawks interview book Hawks on Hawks; three books on Orson Welles; The Broken Places: A Memoir; and Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit.
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REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS & COLUMNS
Dissenting Views blog by Joseph Green, May 10, 2017 When I was about eleven years old, I received a Leonard Maltin book as a gift: a thick paperback movie guide full of capsule reviews going from 1983 to The Birth of a Nation. I carried that thing around everywhere for a while, like a teddy Read more about TWO CHEERS FOR HOLLYWOOD[…]
Hollywood Elsewhere, April 28, 2017, by Jeffrey Wells McBride’s Way From Joseph McBride‘s just-released “Two Cheers For Hollywood,” and more particularly an introductory essay titled “I Loved Movies, But . . . ”: “In recent decades we’ve had to deal with the generally awful state American mainstream movies have fallen into, and with the overall Read more about Hollywood Elsewhere, by Jeffrey Wells[…]
WELLESNET.COM ‘Two Cheers for Hollywood’ – Joseph McBride looks at classic filmmakers, stars April 25, 2017 By RAY KELLY Two Cheers for Hollywood: Joseph McBride on Movies is the 19th book from the noted film historian and draws from some of his finest work of the past 50 years. Available exclusively through Amazon, the 695-page tome from Read more about Interview by Ray Kelly, Wellesnet[…]
A Masterclass in Film Writing By Joseph E. Green on May 12, 2017 FIVE STARS A wonderful survey for any student of film history, TWO CHEERS FOR HOLLYWOOD features essays, visits to Hollywood sets, and interviews with the likes of François Truffaut, Peter O’Toole, John Ford, George Stevens, and far too many others to to Read more about Reader Reviews from Amazon.com[…]