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America at the Movies (1976)

A compilation of scenes from 83 films, divided into 5 segments: The Land, The Cities, The Families, The Wars, The Spirit.

Director:

George Stevens Jr. (uncredited)

Writer:

Theodore Strauss (narration written by)
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Woody Allen ... Virgil Starkwell (archive footage)
Alan Arkin ... Capt. John Yossarian (archive footage)
Martin Balsam ... Col. Cathcart (archive footage)
Anne Bancroft ... Annie Sullivan / Mrs. Robinson (archive footage)
Wallace Beery ... Dan Packard (archive footage)
Richard Benjamin ... Maj. Danby (archive footage)
Joan Bennett ... Ellie Banks (archive footage)
Candice Bergen ... Susan (archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart ... Sam Spade / Fred C. Dobbs (archive footage)
Marlon Brando ... Terry Malloy / Stanley Kowalski (archive footage)
Walter Brennan ... 'Groot' Nadine (archive footage)
Richard Burton ... George (archive footage)
James Cagney ... George M. Cohan (archive footage)
Diahann Carroll ... Claudine (archive footage)
George Chakiris ... Bernardo (archive footage)
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A compilation of scenes from 83 films, divided into 5 segments: The Land, The Cities, The Families, The Wars, The Spirit.

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You want superstars? We got 'em.

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Documentary

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Il était une fois l'Amérique See more »

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Mono
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Connections

Features How the West Was Won (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

At the Ball, That's All
from Way Out West (1937) (uncredited)
Written by J. Leubrie Hill (as John Leubrie Hill)
Performed by The Avalon Boys
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All That Such A Documentary Should Be.
20 February 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

As a contribution to the United States commemoration of its bicentennial, the American Film Institute (AFI) releases this splendid compilation of scenes from over 80 renowned films, none of which lacks interest to cinephiles, since AFI accesses works from all studios, whereas most cinematic anthologies are limited to but one, and this standing advantage, heightened through superior production values, results in a nigh two hour feature of notable variety. Charlton Heston reads the excellent text penned by Theodore Strauss for a film that is divided into five segments - The Land: (essentially the West), concerning which, as Heston relates, "Hollywood didn't always get history right, but told the dream"; The Cities: (mainly New York); The Families; The Wars; and the best section, The Spirit, during which, as Heston affirms, "America was not just a destination, but a journey into the possible", and also "There is more truth in the dream than in the facts," Most of the clips are long enough to generate an emotional response in a viewer and the entire production is adroitly edited, giving one an overall perception of distinction surrounding the selections, intensified by the clarity and succinctness of Heston's narration. In this instance, documentary makers have it right, proving that cinema, as with the United States, "...began in the imagination".


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