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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.
This was a fun, gossipy read. Ther are so many names though, you need a white board to remember them. Highly enjoyable..Published 6 days 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 2 months ago by M. Mora
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. Describes the atmosphere of Hollywood during the 60s and 70s. Also some good juicy tidbits.Published 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 months ago by John M. Lemon
Artists are humans too and when they get enormous fame and fortune at such a young age, life becomes almost impossible to handle. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eduardo Avila
"Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" is packed full of Hollywood back lot info. Sometimes a little too much. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul Dabrowski
This was probably the most pretentious pile of garbage I've ever had to read. Ignoring the movie titles them selves, this book read like a cheap check-out counter tabloid. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mcdxi11