Epic Television Miniseries: A Critical History

Epic Television Miniseries: A Critical History


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To paraphrase silent movie queen Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's classic 1950 film ""Sunset Boulevard"", 'The Epic Miniseries are Big! It's television that got small'! This is especially true when one compares such iconic epic miniseries as ""Rich Man, Poor Man"" (1976), ""Roots"" (1977), ""Holocaust"" (1978), ""Shogun"" (1980), ""The Winds of War"" (1983), and ""War and Remembrance"" (1988-89) to the formulaic sitcoms, hospital dramas, and reality shows making up today's television programming. This work traces the historical development, evolution, decline, and surprising rebirth of the epic miniseries. Topics covered in this title include the role of HBO and other cable networks in reviving the miniseries genre; producer/director Dan Curtis' obsessive, decade-long quest to produce what is likely the ultimate American epic miniseries in ""The Winds of War"" and ""War and Remembrance""; and, the powerful influence of foreign miniseries on American productions, among others.

About Author

Author John De Vito currently works in the media center of the Boston Public Library, where he serves as a member of the film selection committee.

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  • ISBN13: 9780786441495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 219
  • ID: 9780786441495
  • ISBN10: 0786441496

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