Many years ago I read Peter Biskind’s book “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” which was a fantastic warts and all account of film-making in Hollywood in the Sixties and Seventies. I enjoyed it so much I rushed out to buy another book of his “Seeing is Believing: How Hollywood taught us to stop worrying and love the fifties” (not the most snappy of titles).
I expected it to be similar to his previous book, but on an earlier period, but that wasn’t the case. It is an analysis of over 30 films and how they relate to ideology of the 1950s. Unfortunately of this 30+ films, I’d only seen one and the book has been languishing on my shelves unread.
This year, I’m determined to read it, but in order to appreciate it I obviously need to watch the films discussed. So my project (for I’m quite fond of such things) is to watch the films and read the accompanying chapters.
So far I’ve watched:
- Twelve Angry Men – my favourite so far. Perhaps a little too neatly tied up for modern tastes but very well done.
- The Day the Earth Stood Still – classic Sci-Fi. Surprisingly intelligent.
- Attack – decent war film and not a world away from Generation Kill which I’m also currently watching.
- From Here to Eternity – star-studded war and romance. Quite enjoyable considering I don’t really like war or romance films.
- My Darling Clementine – the disc started to skip, so I didn’t finish it. I struggle with Westerns, which doesn't bode well for one section.
Tonight, I’m back to the Sci-Fi with “It Came From Outer Space”.