It s the Pictures That Got Small

However , rather than its past incarnation as a strategy used to mute skepticism
about film's manipulation of star image , this professed authenticity was now
being taken up by ... It's the pictures that got small ” —is fitting in multiple ways .

Author: Christine Becker

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819568945

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 293

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An original study of Hollywood film stars and 1950s television

It s the Pictures That Got Small

Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age Charles Brackett
Anthony Slide. “It's the Pictures That Got Small” INTRODUCTION “It's the pictures
that got small.” That line, spoken.

Author: Charles Brackett

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231538220

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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“Brackett’s diaries read like a funnier, better-paced version of Barton Fink.” —Newsweek Screenwriter Charles Brackett is best remembered as the writing partner of director Billy Wilder, who once referred to the pair as “the happiest couple in Hollywood,” collaborating on such classics as The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard. He was also a perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry, and in this annotated collection of writings from dozens of Brackett’s unpublished diaries, film historian Anthony Slide clarifies Brackett's critical contribution to Wilder’s films and enriches our knowledge of Wilder’s achievements in writing, direction, and style. Brackett’s diaries re-create the initial meetings of the talent responsible for Ninotchka, Hold Back the Dawn, Ball of Fire, The Major and the Minor, Five Graves to Cairo, The Lost Weekend, and Sunset Boulevard, recounting the breakthroughs and the breakdowns that ultimately forced these collaborators to part ways. In addition to a portrait of Wilder, this is rare view of a producer who was a president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Screen Writers Guild, a New Yorker drama critic, and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. With insight into the dealings of Paramount, Universal, MGM, and RKO, and legendary figures such as Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Edna Ferber, and Dorothy Parker, this book reveals the political and creative intrigue at the heart of Hollywood’s most significant films. “A fascinating look at Hollywood in its classic period, and a unique and indispensable must-have for any movie buff.” —Chicago Tribune “This feels as close as we can get to being in the presence of Wilder’s genius, and he emerges as the cruelest as well as the wittiest of men.” —The Guardian “Not only rare insight into their often-stormy partnership but also an insider’s view of Hollywood during that era.” —Los Angeles Times “Very entertaining.” —Library Journal

Close up on Sunset Boulevard

It'sher story linesthat got small.”In aJanuary 2001 episodeofThe BetteMidler
Show, Bette's manager, Oscar, misquoted Norma's line: “I ambig,it's the movies [
sic] that got small.” In The First Picture Show, a stage musical about early ...

Author: Sam Staggs

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466830462

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, a classic film noir and also a damning dissection of the Hollywood dream factory, evokes the glamour and ruin of the stars who subsist on that dream. It's also one long in-joke about the movie industry and those who made it great-and who were, in turn, destroyed by it. One of the most critically admired films of the twentieth century, Sunset Boulevard is also famous as silent star Gloria Swanson's comeback picture. Sam Staggs's Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard tells the story of this extravagant work, from the writing, casting and filming to the disastrous previews that made Paramount consider shelving it. It's about the writing team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett-sardonically called "the happiest couple in Hollywood"-and their raucous professional relationship. It's about the art direction and the sets, the costumes, the props, the lights and the cameras, and the personalities who used those tools to create a cinematic work of art. Staggs goes behind the scenes to reveal: William Holden, endlessly attacked by his bitter wife and already drinking too much; Nancy Olson, the cheerful ingenue who had never heard of the great Gloria Swanson; the dark genius Erich von Stroheim; the once famous but long-forgotten "Waxworks"; and of course Swanson herself, who-just like Norma Desmond-had once been "the greatest star of them all." But the story of Sunset Boulevard doesn't end with the movie's success and acclaim at its release in 1950. There's much more, and Staggs layers this stylish book with fascinating detail, following the actors and Wilder into their post-Sunset careers and revealing Gloria Swanson's never-ending struggle to free herself from the clutches of Norma Desmond. Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard also chronicles the making of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical production of Sunset Boulevard and the explosive diva controversies that dogged it. The book ends with a shocking example of Hollywood life imitating Hollywood art. By the last page of this rich narrative, readers will conclude: We are those "wonderful people out there in the dark."

Small Island Markets for American Motion Pictures

Talking pictures have been well received in Malta , especially by the British
residents and the educated classes of Maltese . ... It is owned by the Government
, but it was not until last year that the Government actively took over its
management ...

Author: United States. Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce


ISBN: UIUC:30112101931266

Category: Motion pictures, American

Page: 36

View: 442


Includes Maltese Islands, Cyprus, Seychelles, Zanzibar, Mauritius, St. Helena, Ascension, Bermuda, Bahamas, Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville Islands, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Andaman Islands, Western Samoa, Kingdom of Tonga, Fiji Islands, Christmas Island, British Borneo, Cocos Island, Ceylon, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Finnish Aland Islands, Madagascar, Corsica, Society Islands, Cephalonia, Corfu, Zante, Crete, Chios, Rhodes, Sardinia, Pelew and Caroline groups, North Sumatra, Madeira Islands, Azores, Cape Verde Islands, Macao, Canary Islands.

The Big Screen

After a preview screening at Paramount, where the picture was admired by many
of the younger people, Louis B. Mayer ... Sunset Blvd. was nominated for eleven
Oscars, including Best Picture and Director. ... It's the pictures that got small.

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781466827714

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 608

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The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important as the images it carries. The Big Screen is not another history of the movies. Rather, it is a wide-ranging narrative about the movies and their signal role in modern life. At first, film was a waking dream, the gift of appearance delivered for a nickel to huddled masses sitting in the dark. But soon, and abruptly, movies began transforming our societies and our perceptions of the world. The celebrated film authority David Thomson takes us around the globe, through time, and across many media—moving from Eadweard Muybridge to Steve Jobs, from Sunrise to I Love Lucy, from John Wayne to George Clooney, from television commercials to streaming video—to tell the complex, gripping, paradoxical story of the movies. He tracks the ways we were initially enchanted by movies as imitations of life—the stories, the stars, the look—and how we allowed them to show us how to live. At the same time, movies, offering a seductive escape from everyday reality and its responsibilities, have made it possible for us to evade life altogether. The entranced audience has become a model for powerless and anxiety-ridden citizens trying to pursue happiness and dodge terror by sitting quietly in a dark room. Does the big screen take us out into the world, or merely mesmerize us? That is Thomson's question in this grand adventure of a book. Books about the movies are often aimed at film buffs, but this passionate and provocative feat of storytelling is vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens—the age that, more than ever, we are living in.

Motion less Pictures

The Utopia of Film: Cinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, and Tahimik
CHRISTOPHER PAVSEK Hollywood and ... the Silents: Hollywood Film Music in
the Early Sound Era, 1926–1934 MICHAEL SLOWIK “It's the Pictures That Got
Small”: ...

Author: Justin Remes

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231538909

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Conducting the first comprehensive study of films that do not move, Justin Remes challenges the primacy of motion in cinema and tests the theoretical limits of film aesthetics and representation. Reading experimental films such as Andy Warhol's Empire (1964), the Fluxus work Disappearing Music for Face (1965), Michael Snow's So Is This (1982), and Derek Jarman's Blue (1993), he shows how motionless films defiantly showcase the static while collapsing the boundaries between cinema, photography, painting, and literature. Analyzing four categories of static film--furniture films, designed to be viewed partially or distractedly; protracted films, which use extremely slow motion to impress stasis; textual films, which foreground the static display of letters and written words; and monochrome films, which display a field of monochrome color as their image--Remes maps the interrelations between movement, stillness, and duration and their complication of cinema's conventional function and effects. Arguing all films unfold in time, he suggests duration is more fundamental to cinema than motion, initiating fresh inquiries into film's manipulation of temporality, from rigidly structured works to those with more ambiguous and open-ended frameworks. Remes's discussion integrates the writings of Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Tom Gunning, Rudolf Arnheim, Raymond Bellour, and Noel Carroll and will appeal to students of film theory, experimental cinema, intermedia studies, and aesthetics.


It's the pictures that got small! — Gloria Swanson, "Sunset Boulevard" (1950)
That's true, literally: most of us now watch "Sunset Boulevard" and other vintage
films on home TVscreensof 13 to 27 inches. Why? Well, because we can. But
what's ...



ISBN: UOM:39015075841851

Category: Current events


View: 712


The North Korean Nuclear Program

It's the pictures that got small.” Significantly, this stance has colored perspectives
among Russian diplomats and scholars regarding the Agreed Framework and its
nuclear deal, as well as the ongoing activities of the Korean Peninsula Energy ...

Author: James Moltz Clay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136749919

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 848


Drawing on previously unpublished Russian archival materials, this book is the first detailed history and current analysis of the North Korean nuclear program. The contributors discuss Soviet-North Korean nuclear relations, economic and military aspects of the nuclear program, the nuclear energy sector, North Korea's negotiations with the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, cooperative security, and U.S. policy. Unique in its focus on North Korean attitudes and perspectives, The North Korean Nuclear Program also includes Russian interviews with North Korean officials.

A Chicago Firehouse

The documented addresses may be vague , but the picture of her house in her
book clearly shows the two - story ... will always be remembered for her famous
line as the aging Ms. Desmond , “ I'm still big ; it's the pictures that got small .

Author: Karen Kruse

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738518573

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 641


From its humble beginnings in 1884 as a one-story frame building with one bay to house Hose Company 4 and its team of horses, Engine Company 78 has been the firefighting sentinel at the end of Waveland Avenue, sitting in the shadow of Wrigley Field. Using vintage photographs and moving stories from firefighters themselves, Karen Kruse captures the spirit and heroism of this historic Chicago landmark. Captain Robert F. Kruse served the Chicago Fire Department for 30 years, half of those at Wrigleyville's Engine 78. Growing up within the tight-knit firefighting community, Ms. Kruse records the dramatic and touching stories from her father's and his peers' experiences, and combines them in this volume exploring the unique history of Lakeview's firehouse, including a foreword by Mike Ditka and preface by Fire Commissioner James Joyce. With details about little known historic districts and a brief guide to Chicago's cemeteries and their relations to firefighters, A Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville's Engine 78 relays in first-hand accounts some of Chicago's most fiery tragedies, the brave men who battled them, and the diversity of the neighborhood that housed them.

The Filmmaker s Handbook

DVDs became a huge revenue source for films and TV shows. DVDs are
standard definition only and ... Mobile video. In Sunset Boulevard, silent film star
Norma Desmond says, “I am big; it's the pictures that got small.” This is a

Author: Steven Ascher

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101613801

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 832

View: 894


The fifth edition of the authoritative guide to producing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing your video or film. Whether you aspire to be a great filmmaker yourself or are looking for movie gifts, this comprehensive guide to filmmaking is the first step in turning a hobby into a career. Widely acknowledged as the “bible” of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and digital formats. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making. • Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, corporate, broadcast, and experimental videos and films • Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras • In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, editing, and mixing • Understanding HDR, RAW, Log, 4K, UHD, and other formats • The business aspects of funding and producing your project • Getting your movie shown in theaters, on television, streaming services, and online

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

It's the pictures that got small. Sunset Boulevard (1950 film) written by Charles
Brackett, Billy Wilder, and D. M. Marshman Jr Last words 5 Adieu, mes amis. Je
vais à la gloire. Farewell, my friends. I go to glory. Isadora Duncan (1878–1927),

Author: Susan Ratcliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198614173

Category: Reference

Page: 580

View: 199


Provides coverage of literary and historical quotations. An easy-to-use keyword index traces quotations and their authors, while the appendix material, including Catchphrases, Film Lines, Official Advice, and Political Slogans, offers further topics of interest.

A Splurch in the Kisser

''You are big, Miss Desmond. It's the pictures that got small.'' ''You took the words
right out of my mouth.'' ''They're dead. They're finished,'' he says, filling their
glasses. ''There was a time in this business when they had the eyes of the whole

Author: Sam Wasson

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819569776

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 370

View: 398


With one of the longest and most controversial careers in Hollywood history, Blake Edwards is a phoenix of movie directors, full of hubris, ambition, and raving comic chutzpah. His rambunctious filmography remains an artistic force on par with Hollywood's greatest comic directors: Lubitsch, Sturges, Wilder. Like Wilder, Edwards’s propensity for hilarity is double-helixed with pain, and in films like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, and even The Pink Panther, we can hear him off-screen, laughing in the dark. And yet, despite those enormous successes, he was at one time considered a Hollywood villain. After his marriage to Julie Andrews, Edwards’s Darling Lili nearly sunk the both of them and brought Paramount Studios to its knees. Almost overnight, Blake became an industry pariah, which ironically fortified his sense of satire, as he simultaneously fought the Hollywood tide and rode it. Employing keen visual analysis, meticulous research, and troves of interviews and production files, Sam Wasson delivers the first complete account of one of the maddest figures Hollywood has ever known.

How to Age

And watch Billy Wilder's film Sunset Boulevard (1950), with Gloria Swanson's
fabulous over-the-top performance, its most famous line 'I'm still big – it's the
pictures that got small'. 3. Embracing Age George E. Vaillant's Aging Well (Little,
Brown, ...

Author: Anne Karpf

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781250058997

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 562


THE SCHOOL OF LIFE IS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS IN HIGHLY-PORTABLE PAPERBACKS, FEATURING FRENCH FLAPS AND DECKLE EDGES, THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS "DAMNABLY CUTE." WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE WILL DIRECT YOU TOWARDS A VARIETY OF USEFUL IDEAS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO STIMULATE, PROVOKE, AND CONSOLE. Society has a deep fear of ageing, and showing your age is increasingly one of our most pervasive taboos. Old age in modern life is widely viewed as either a time of inevitable decline or something to be resisted, denied or overcome. In How to Age, sociologist and award-winning journalist Anne Karpf urges us to radically change our narrative. Exploring how our outlook on ageing is historically determined and culturally defined, Karpf draws upon revealing case studies to suggest how ageing can be an actively enriching time of immense growth. She argues that if we can recognize growing older as an inevitable part of the human condition, then the great challenge of ageing turns out to be none other than the challenge of living. In How to Age, learn how ageing isn't about your wardrobe or physical fitness, but a determination to live fully at every age and stage of life.

The Undiscovered Country

It's the pictures that got small.” In these numbed, overemphatic, philosophic
poems, every gesture will be stared at, though it means almost nothing. Dante
planned no better punishment for ambition. Linda Gregg The watercolor lucency
and ...

Author: William Logan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231509923

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 570


William Logan has been called both the "preeminent poet-critic of his generation" and the "most hated man in American poetry." For more than a quarter century, in the keen-witted and bare-knuckled reviews that have graced the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement (London), and other journals, William Logan has delivered razor-sharp assessments of poets present and past. Logan, whom James Wolcott of Vanity Fair has praised as being "the best poetry critic in America," vividly assays the most memorable and most damning features of a poet's work. While his occasionally harsh judgments have raised some eyebrows and caused their share of controversy (a number of poets have offered to do him bodily harm), his readings offer the fresh and provocative perspectives of a passionate and uncompromising critic, unafraid to separate the tin from the gold. The longer essays in The Undiscovered Country explore a variety of poets who have shaped and shadowed contemporary verse, measuring the critical and textual traditions of Shakespeare's sonnets, Whitman's use of the American vernacular, the mystery of Marianne Moore, and Milton's invention of personality, as well as offering a thorough reconsideration of Robert Lowell and a groundbreaking analysis of Sylvia Plath's relationship to her father. Logan's unsparing "verse chronicles" present a survey of the successes and failures of contemporary verse. Neither a poet's tepid use of language nor lackadaisical ideas nor indulgence in grotesque sentimentality escapes this critic's eye. While railing against the blandness of much of today's poetry (and the critics who trumpet mediocre work), Logan also celebrates Paul Muldoon's high comedy, Anne Carson's quirky originality, Seamus Heaney's backward glances, Czeslaw Milosz's indictment of Polish poetry, and much more. Praise for Logan's previous works: Desperate Measures (2002)"When it comes to separating the serious from the fraudulent, the ambitious from the complacent, Logan has consistently shown us what is wheat and what is chaff.... The criticism we remember is neither savage nor mandarin.... There is no one in his generation more likely to write it than William Logan."—Adam Kirsch, Oxford American Reputations of the Tongue (1999)"Is there today a more stringent, caring reader of American poetry than William Logan? Reputations of the Tongue may, at moments, read harshly. But this edge is one of deeply considered and concerned authority. A poet-critic engages closely with his masters, with his peers, with those whom he regards as falling short. This collection is an adventure of sensibility."—George Steiner "William Logan's critical bedevilments-as well as his celebrations-are indispensable."—Bill Marx, Boston Globe All the Rage (1998)"William Logan's reviews are malpractice suits."—Dennis O'Driscoll, Verse "William Logan is the best practical critic around."—Christian Wiman, Poetry

Idols of Modernity

You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.” Norma: “I am big. It's the
pictures that got small.” Gillis: “Aha. I knew there was something wrong with them.
” Later in the film, Norma and Gillis watch Norma's performance in a silent film ...

Author: Patrice Petro

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813547312

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 313

View: 734


Focusing on stardom during the 1920s, this title reveals strong connections & dissonances in matters of storytelling & performance that can be traced both backwards & forwards, from the silent era to the emergence of sound.

The Lumi re Galaxy

... and Experiments in Cinematic Thinking HunterVaughan The Utopia of Film:
Cinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, ... 1926–1934 Michael Slowik “It's the
Pictures That Got Small”: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's
Golden ...

Author: Francesco Casetti

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231538879

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 368


Francesco Casetti believes new media technologies are producing an exciting new era in cinema aesthetics. Whether we experience film in the theater, on our hand-held devices, in galleries and museums, onboard and in flight, or up in the clouds in the bits we download, cinema continues to alter our habits and excite our imaginations. Casetti travels from the remote corners of film history and theory to the most surprising sites on the internet and in our cities to prove the ongoing relevance of cinema. He does away with traditional notions of canon, repetition, apparatus, and spectatorship in favor of new keywords, including expansion, relocation, assemblage, and performance. The result is an innovative understanding of cinema's place in our lives and culture, along with a critical sea-change in the study of the art. The more the nature of cinema transforms, the more it discovers its own identity, and Casetti helps readers realize the galaxy of possibilities embedded in the medium.

A Companion to American Gothic

It's the pictures that got small” – this one of the only references she makes to time
passing. The architecture of Norma's house and the interior trappings are as
Gothic as anything in film can be, a perfect accompaniment to her fantasies, her ...

Author: Charles L. Crow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118608425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 616

View: 984


A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available


and Scott Higgins originating editor: Jeanine Basinger Anthony Mann by Jeanine
Basinger It's the Pictures That Got Small Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s ...

Author: Ethan de Seife

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819572417

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 191


Frank Tashlin (1913–1972) was a supremely gifted satirist and visual stylist who made an indelible mark on 1950s Hollywood and American popular culture—first as a talented animator working on Looney Tunes cartoons, then as muse to film stars Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, and Jayne Mansfield. Yet his name is not especially well known today. Long regarded as an anomaly or curiosity, Tashlin is finally given his due in this career-spanning survey. Tashlinesque considers the director’s films in the contexts of Hollywood censorship, animation history, and the development of the genre of comedy in American film, with particular emphasis on the sex, satire, and visual flair that comprised Tashlin’s distinctive artistic and comedic style. Through close readings and pointed analyses of Tashlin’s large and fascinating body of work, Ethan de Seife offers fresh insights into such classic films as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, The Girl Can’t Help It, Artists and Models, The Disorderly Orderly, and Son of Paleface, as well as numerous Warner Bros. cartoons starring Porky Pig, among others. This is an important rediscovery of a highly unusual and truly hilarious American artist. Includes a complete filmography.

The South Korean Film Renaissance

Anthony Mann New and Expanded Edition by Jeanine Basinger It's the Pictures
That Got Small Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television Christine Becker The
South Korean Film Renaissance Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs by Jinhee

Author: Jinhee Choi

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819569868

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

View: 816


For the past decade, the Korean film industry has enjoyed a renaissance. With innovative storytelling and visceral effects, Korean films not only have been commercially viable in the domestic and regional markets but also have appealed to cinephiles everywhere on the international festival circuit. This book provides both an industrial and an aesthetic account of how the Korean film industry managed to turn an economic crisis—triggered in part by globalizing processes in the world film industry—into a fiscal and cultural boom. Jinhee Choi examines the ways in which Korean film production companies, backed by affluent corporations and venture capitalists, concocted a variety of winning production trends. Through close analyses of key films, Choi demonstrates how contemporary Korean cinema portrays issues immediate to its own Korean audiences while incorporating the transnational aesthetics of Hollywood and other national cinemas such as Hong Kong and Japan. Appendices include data on box office rankings, numbers of films produced and released, market shares, and film festival showings.