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The Apartment - The last black-and-white film to win Best Picture...
February 29, 2012  | By Diane Werts  | 1 comment
 

THE APARTMENT

Another great movie! The last black-and-white film to win Best Picture (1960) before this year stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, under unrivaled writer-director Billy Wilder. It's just out in a stunning new Blu-ray, and on DVD.

 
 
 
 
 
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Patrick
This movie is on my "want-to-see" list, as Fred Mac Murray, who later played Steve Douglas on "My Three Sons", plays a real cad in it. But, "Schindler's List", a movie mostly in black and white (the closing scenes at Oskar Schindler's grave are in color) won the best picture Oscar in 1993.
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available in paperback for under $15. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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