In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.
Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.
In a few weeks' time, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date. But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.
This programme considers Hollywood's favourite film genres: the western, the musical, the sci-fi epic and the war movie. Contributors include: Ken Annakin, (director 'Battle of The Bulge'), Robert Wise, (director 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'), film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, director Fred Zinneman ('High Noon') and lyricist Leslie Bricusse.