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September 7, 2013  | By David Bianculli

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This 2012 Best Picture Oscar-winner, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is a well-made hrill ride from start to finish – even though the finish departs wildly from the reality of the fascinating true-life story on which it’s based. But the story itself, about a wildly improbable plan to return a half-dozen American embassy employees to safety after the takeover of the American embassy in Iran in 1979, needs no embellishment. And the performances here are wonderful – not only by Affleck, but by supporting actors Alan Arkin and John Goodman, who energize every frame of film in which they appear.

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

 

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