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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.
In the 1970s not only did the patients get to run the asylum known as Hollywood, most were children, if not in age certainly in temperament. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ilprofessore
Excellent book. Anybody within the arts can appreciate the sense of zeitgeist this book invokes.Published 1 month ago by James Hazley
I think you would have to be a director to appreciate this. It's more about the money and less about the "famous."Published 3 months ago by Beth Berry
Absolutely loved it. This book is from the era of my formative years. The late sixties and the seventies. Sex, drugs and rock & roll. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Madden
This is a remarkable book.It tells the story of a Camelot-like period in film history when movies were made for an adult audience that preferred story & quality characters over... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Cournoyer
Absolutely enjoyable thoroughly researched book on a powerful moment in American cinema history when directors rightfully became super stars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read for a school film class! Necessary reading for any film student.Published 7 months ago by Marc M. Bobkin