Overview for Hollywood: The 100 Greatest Films
The history of Hollywood is full of legends. Celluloid giants like Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Marlon Brando and Katharine Hepburn continue to spell magic for moviegoers across the globe. Directors like Welles, Chaplin, Hitchcock, Kubrik, Coppola, Spielberg, Scorsese and Tarantino have defined cinema as an art form. And films like Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, The Sound of Music, The Godfather, Star Wars and Titanic have set new standards in entertainment. Hollywood: The 100 Greatest Films is a quick guide to the very best of Hollywood. Derek Oâ€™Brien provides a list of movies that are his personal favourites, and absolute must-sees for anyone who enjoys cinema. The write-up for the hundred films includes complete cast and credits, the storyline, the USP of each film, and a wealth of interesting asides, such as: Rear Window was filmed entirely on one confined setâ€”a ealistic courtyard composed of thirty-two apartments. Tom Cruise was initially considered to play John F. Nash in A Beautiful Mind. Rickâ€™s classic last line in Casablanca, 'Louie, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship' was added after shooting was completed. For the film buff who wants to brush up on movie facts as well as the general reader fascinated by the glamour, adventure and romance of Hollywood, this book will be a useful reference tool and a delightful read.
Derek O'Brien (Author)
Derek Oâ€™Brien was born in Kolkata. He went to St Xavierâ€™s Collegiate School in the city and St Columbaâ€™s School in New Delhi. After graduating in English from Scottish Church College, Kolkata, he began his professional career as a journalist but soon shifted to advertising. Today, he is the host of the longest-running knowledge gameshow on Indian television, The Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest. Derek Oâ€™Brien won the award for best anchorâ€“Game/Quiz Show at the Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2003.