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Movies and Film: Some Films Worth Viewing

Some Films Worth Viewing

These films concentrate on the process of trying to make a film.

  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). Jayne Mansfield takes on the media industry.
  • Nickelodeon (1976). Peter Bogdonavich's comedy-drama about trying to make silent movies in the shadow of D.W. Griffith.
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977). Hilarious satire of our expectations of how films?and commercials and television?are made.
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). A great but very loose adaptation of the John Fowles novel. Unlike the novel, this movie is a meditation on making a period (nineteenth-century) film.
  • Soapdish (1991). While this film is about television soap operas rather than movies, it's a hilarious vision of how the backstabbing and infighting works for every aspect of the entertainment industry.
  • Watermelon Woman (1996). In this absolutely stunning fiction feature, an African American lesbian filmmaker makes a film about a lesbian African American actress.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies and Film 2001 by Mark Winokur and Bruce Holsinger. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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