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Biskind did hundreds of interviews with people who make the president look accessible: Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola, Geffen, Beatty, Kael, Towne, Altman. He also spoke with countless spurned spouses and burned partners, alleged victims of assault by knife, pistol, and bodily fluids. Rather more responsible than some of his sources, Biskind always carefully notes the denials as well as the astounding stories he has compiled. He tells you about Scorsese running naked down Mulholland Drive after his girlfriend, crying, "Don't leave me!"; grave robbing on the set of Apocalypse Now; Faye Dunaway apparently flinging urine in Roman Polanski's face while filming Chinatown; Michael O'Donoghue's LSD-fueled swan dive onto a patio; Coppola's mad plan for a 10-hour film of Goethe's Elective Affinities in 3-D; the ocean suicide attempt Hal "Captain Wacky" Ashby gave up when he couldn't find a swimsuit that pleased him; countless dalliances with porn stars; Russian roulette games and psychotherapy sessions in hot tubs. But he also soberly gives both sides ample chance to testify.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is also more than a fistful of dazzling anecdotes. Methodically, as thrillingly as a movie attorney, Biskind builds the case that Hollywood was revived by wild ones who then betrayed their own dreams, slit their own throats, and destroyed an art form by producing that mindless, inhuman modern behemoth, the blockbuster.
When Spielberg was making the first true blockbuster, Jaws, he sneaked Lucas in one day when nobody was around, got him to put his head in the shark's mechanical mouth, and closed the shark's mouth on him. The gizmo broke and got stuck, but the two young men somehow extricated Lucas's head and hightailed it like Tom and Huck. As Peter Biskind's scathing, funny, wise book demonstrates, they only thought they had escaped. --Tim Appelo
It is very, very engaging and informative.
`Easy Riders Raging Bulls' must be one of the best books yet written about Hollywood and one of the best non-fiction books I have read in many years.
Biskind's book offers some pretty clear object lessons on what happens to artistic ambition once all notion of personal limitation is cast aside.
This is a stellar book. Irreplaceable for study of film in the New Hollywood era. Some salacious stories that make for juicy tidbits.Published 1 month ago by J. Granger
So enjoyed this exhilarating history of 70s cinema. Genius, insanity, sex, drugs & rock and roll. Amazing that most of them survived.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Peter Biskind is a cross between Hedda Hopper and Nikki Finke! This is my second time reading this book and decided to re-read it and I enjoyed it a lot more the second time... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Lovett
This was a fun, gossipy read. Ther are so many names though, you need a white board to remember them. Highly enjoyable..Published 5 months ago by Pepper10
A interesting read into the thoughts and ideas about the "New Hollywood" that was going to emerge in the late 60's/70's.Published 7 months ago by Rage Heart
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. Describes the atmosphere of Hollywood during the 60s and 70s. Also some good juicy tidbits.Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Thomas
Fascinating book on Hollywood from the 1970s to the 1980s. Hollywood was in trouble in the early 1970s. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wayne M. Malin
SUCH A GOOD BOOK. So interesting and lovely. The writer made such a good job. Congrats sir, you are a great writer and blah blah blahPublished 10 months ago by Nefise Özçelik
This book is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood from the mid '60s until the early '80s. It is crammed with interesting anecdotes and it moves at a lightening pace. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John M. Lemon