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The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco Paperback – May 1, 2002
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- Publisher : Da Capo Press; Revised ed. edition (May 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0306811235
- ISBN-13 : 978-0306811234
- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.05 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you've ever seen what should've been a good movie and thought, "What the **** happened to this trainwreck!?", this is the book that explains it.
This book also highlights the Hollywood system that has just as much of a role to play in this and other film fiascos, including over-reliance on audience test screenings, studio micromanagement, exceedingly tight production schedules, difficult and/or demanding cast, and other esoteric problems. To top it off, the author herself gets vilified for this book, her crime being the audacity to show how awful the system can be sometimes, even though she had explicit consent from everyone involved.
All said and done, it was an entertaining description of a slow motion car accident. Anyone in entertainment should read this, as well as any devoted patrons and audiences.
I sped through this great read. I learned so much about how movies were being made, at least in the late 1980's.
The director of the film was Brian DePalma, and the stars were Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Melanie Griffith. Any reader will learn a lot about each of them and will probably see each of them somewhat differently after reading this account of their behavior (good, bad, helpful, not) while making this movie.
You will learn what each and every person in the credits of a movie actually does, what all those mystifying job titles actually mean, the order in which things happen when a film is being made, the casting process, the cutting process, the dailies, and the role (and often interference) of the suits from the studio in California plus much, much more. Anyone interested in movies will adore this behind the scenes guide to the making of a potential blockbuster (spoiler alert = it wasn't).
NOTE TO PUBLISHER: either update to include alternative fonts or drop the price to about $4.95 (from $14.95). And fire whoever formats your titles!!
UPDATE 060820: Haven't heard back from publisher about an update with more font options,, but I'm about 10% of the way through the book and it's really excellent. Can only read a bit at a time because of....the default (and only) font. This book deserves a better Kindle presentation.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2021