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Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970

Publication Date: October 1, 2017

From the advent of the talkies to the emergence of the ratings system, this book covers four decades of American movies, notably the glory days of the studio system, or, as it is more glamorously tagged, the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Through reviews of 350 representative films, TEN MOVIES AT A TIME tells an alternative, idiosyncratic history of the movies, focusing on the trends, the sub-genres, the cultural and historical shifts, offering, in the process, the parallel story of America itself.

Here's a vibrant vision of just how the movies traveled from 1930 to 1970, enhanced by lively and piercing perceptions of the 350 movies highlighted. Whether they are wonderful or terrible, beloved or forgotten, significant or routine, each one contributes something worthy to the conversation about our film legacy.


"Yummy...insightful...fascinating." MICHAEL MUSTO

"DiLeo's 'Journey' is a nostalgic trip well worth taking." DAN BUBBEO (Newsday)

"If you are as fond of John's Screen Savers books as I am, you're going to want to snap this one up as well...I was completely bowled over by John's book...with puckish humor and irreverent observations...Ten Movies at a Time is a first-rate read." IVAN G. SHREVE (Thrilling Days of Yesteryear)

"...that rare work that I did not want to put down or, more to the point, that I kept picking up and re-reading...you will be entertained, intrigued, challenged." JAMES GRISSOM (author of FOLLIES OF GOD)

"The topics are fun and diverse...I especially love that DiLeo doesn't go for the obvious choices...It's highly readable and enjoyable, whether you're agreeing with his take, mentally arguing with him, or jotting down titles to watch soon." LAURA GRIEVE (blogger at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings)

"DiLeo's knowledge is encyclopedic, his opinions informed, his humor pointed. This makes for compulsive reading and lively discussions with other film buffs." TAVO AMADOR (Bay Area Reporter)

"You'll come away with a better understanding of Hollywood in the 1930s-1970s, and probably a long list of movies to watch!" CAMERON HOWARD (TheBlondeattheFilm.com)

"TEN MOVIES AT A TIME is an exceptional resource for film buffs." (The Internet Review of Books)