The Golden Age of Television

The Golden Age of Television

DVD - 2009
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"The hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was growing more mobile and art was being made accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive "teleplays" constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to all of America."--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
ISBN: 9781604651782
Branch Call Number: DVD TV-SER Gol, 3 disc
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (478 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 28, 2014

Requiem for a Heavyweight is the only film I saw in this series. I see that it is a Criterion Collection which means the series is thought to be classic films. These films were made live and with one shooting all the way through. So a boxing movie really is something to watch in one shooting. I haven't seen this in years, but I remember Ed Wynn as a corner man being outstanding. Jack Palance as an over the hill fighter was also great. If you like old television and great theater productions brought to the screen, this is for you.

Feb 14, 2013

C'mon Fairboy, the way you say it, it's like discriminative. I like Big Bang Theory and not NCIS (though I'm more into CSI), but I like this. This video shows how different TV programs are during the early days than today. I will recommend for young people who grew up with watching "Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS" to try this. Borrowing from the library is free you know, so experiment a little.

Feb 13, 2013

The Comedian, with Rooney, is amazing. And Frankenheimer's running commentary on it is one of the best commentaries I've ever heard, in part because the production was such a hair-raising event and he tells it moment-by-moment so well. Those tall, hot babes in the comedian's (Rooney's) t.v. special were women Rooney was actually picking up in bars after rehearsals and bringing into the studio the next day, one on each arm, to ask Frankenheimer (in his early 20s and in awe of their beauty) if they could be in the show! Talk about art imitating life.

fairboy Nov 10, 2011

Don't take this set out of the library if your tastes lean toward "The Big Bang Theory" or " NCIS". This is the real thing.

I'm not quite old enough to have watched these first run (though I'm close) but it must have been amazing to have regular programming such as this.

Much more ambitious than I had imagined, these programs are not stagnant. They move from set to set and "Heavyweight" even has a taxicab on the set!

This is one library item I want to own.


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