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Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (Texas Film and Media Studies Series) Hardcover – May 15, 2012


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  • Series: Texas Film and Media Studies Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029272912X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292729124
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most persuasively, she demystifies the notion of Miramax as a company built on Yankee-cool auteurs like Quentin Tarantino, when it was the savvy campaigns for pan-global films like The Crying Game and The Piano that established the Weinsteins as marketing whizzes and major box-office players." - Eric Hynes in the September-October issue of Film Comment magazine

"Perren's account is a corrective to the juicier journalistic record, particularly the gossipy standard narrative, Peter Biskind's Down and Dirty Pictures (Simon and Schuster, 2004). Biskind's popularity is probably safe: Perren's style is that of someone turning on the lights at a party, and her informative, eye-opening argument is intentionally deflating and unromantic...She busts myths, and persuasively so..." - Christine Smallwood, Columbia University, Film Quarterly

About the Author

Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the coeditor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method and Coordinating Editor of In Media Res, a MediaCommons project that experiments with new forms of online scholarship. Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Film Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Film & Television, and FlowTV.

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Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at UT-Austin. She is co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (University of Texas Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Film Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Film & Television, and Flow.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JL-S on March 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Perren does a good job providing a kind of "corrective" to Peter Biskind's scathing (if enjoyable) critique of MIramax, Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. The tone in "Indie, Inc." is measured, as Perren works hard to provide readers with a more complete picture of the history and values of the Weinsteins. This book is both a history of Miramax--the company that more or less created and defined the "Indie" era--as well as an account of how the popular press and Hollywood wrote and talked about Miramax and indie films in the 90s and 00s. Prior to and immediately following its acquisition by Disney, most mainstream media accounts of Miramax often celebrated its "authentic" artistic vision. Then, among some other key events, "Shakespeare in Love" dubiously won the Best Picture Oscar for 1998, at which point the popular press turned its back on Miramax, saying that the Weinsteins buy Oscars, Disney-fy independent films, and are all-around tyrannical control freaks. Perren positions Biskind's book as both a catalyst and maybe the major illustration of this turning tide of public perception. "Indie Inc." goes far identifying how Miramax--even prior to its acquisition by Disney--was always in the business of exploiting the niche-market of "quality cinema."

The book provides a good deal of production and exhibition history of key Miramax films. My favorite sections are on "Pulp Fiction" and "Life is Beautiful." Perren does not interpret these films or perform close-readings. Her aim is to historicize the industrial setting, and she does it well. "Indie Inc." is dense, but it's not jargony or overly academic, though scholars of independent cinema and/or 90s/00s Hollywood can take a lot from it. If you enjoy reading about film and have an interest in 90s/00s Hollywood then I highly recommend this title.
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