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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About halfway through and find it very interesting to get what happened behind the scenes with some if my favorite movies and stars.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Now, this book does talk about the films of the late 60's-early-80's quite well. It does list examples. It even has good citings done the way all written work should be cited. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Brian Gagnon
The best book ever on the history of filmmaking as we know it today.Published 3 months ago by filmy
This is a stellar book. Irreplaceable for study of film in the New Hollywood era. Some salacious stories that make for juicy tidbits.Published 7 months 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 9 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 10 months ago by Elizabeth Lovett