Picks and Pans Review: Pictures at a Revolution

updated 03/03/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/03/2008 01:00AM

by Mark Harris |

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REVIEWED BY JONATHAN DURBIN

NON-FICTION

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY writer Harris crafts a fascinating tale in this history of the '67 Oscars race. Delving into that year's Best Picture nominees—The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Doctor Doolittle—he profiles the power players behind them, like Warren Beatty and Katharine Hepburn. The films illustrate America on the verge of a sea of change: Everything from outdated racial stereotypes to Hollywood's stultifying Production Code fell by the wayside in their making. Harris's account is entertaining and remarkably tense, even from this side of the '60s.

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