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Hollywood Paperback – May 31, 2002
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Hollywood comes across as a writer trying to comes to terms and reach some sort of conclusion about his experience in the movie industry.
Bukowski experiences both the good and the bad while he is involved with making the film. He meets fellow artists, gamblers, genius' to whom he feels sympathetic, while he also meets primadonnas and business-minded suits. Part of the film business he genuinely seems to like.
The reader shares with Bukowski his enjoyment and pride in seeing something he wrote come alive as actors reenact memorable scenes from his past.
Ultimately, Bukowski decides that he will not write another movie script He is unwilling to compromise his art. And he is disgusted by the business mindedness of so many of the people who have the final say in what movies are going to be made.
One quirk I enjoyed about this book is that it is the first book in which Buk has achieved some success. Bukowski is determined not to let success and money change him as an artist. Only, he wonders if that is possible. He's now driving a black BMW instead of an old Jetta; and he has a Jewish accountant.
Like any Bukowski novel, this isn't a bad read. The dialogue is a strength, and it's easy to see how Bukowski's dialog and prose would translate well into film script.
If you haven't read Bukowski, I suggest you start elsewhere. Ham on Rye: A Novel would be a good place to start.Read more ›
Bukowski takes you step by step through the making of the movie, with a sardonic eye for the details. Schroeder and his pal tried to get in touch with the lower east side of LA, which Bukowski enjoys poking fun at. He wasn't too keen about having Mickey Roarke cast as himself, he had Sean Penn in mind, but was smitten with the idea of Faye Dunaway as his love interest.
The book doesn't plunge to the lower depths as do his short stories and poetry. Bukowski keeps himself semi-detached from the subject of his early life. The book, like the movie, looks back at these formative years in a wry way that has a number of amusing twists and turns. He ends appropriately enough with the screening of the movie, with much of the gang invited to attend, making a party of it down in front of the screen as they assessed the film. Not bad, Bukowski concluded.
drink and write. Then, along came the film producers and directors
who wanted to put a semi-autobiographical version of his life
on screen, the ensuing film, "Barfly." Bukowski fires back at Hollywood with
the novel "Hollywood", a semi-autobiographical, 'fictionalized' account
of the slight ups and many downs of making a film. Bukowski was
a master at prose and dialogue, and wrote numerous volumes of poetry
also. The film "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) has all of the drunken
and seedy energy of a Bukowski novel, but none of the heart. Check out
the real thing, and read a Bukowski novel with a beer in your hand.
Bukowski tells the story of his screenwriting experience through his alter ego Henry Chinaski, a survivor when everyone else in his crowd had already died. It's all there--dealing with easily bruised egos, the Hollywood eccentrics, the on again, off again production problems in making the film, and the continuous inconsistency of cash flow. What lends _Hollywood_ its wonderful resonance is its realness--the boldness and the pluck of its coarse leading player, Charles Bukowski/Hank Chinaski. And of course, his inspiration, the bottle of wine which was, even on the set, never too far off.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw Barfly in 1987 when I was a kid and didn't get it. After reading Hollywood almost 20 years later I now understand. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Yoesting
This is the first book I read by buk all though not his best but one of my fav novels buk is the realest writer ever so if you haven't read him start nowPublished 3 months ago by andrew morton
I've always been a huge fan of Bukowski, but I feel that this novel falls short of his others. Admittedly, it may be because I miss that old grit and angst feel that was evident... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lucidity
A great play by play on the making of the movie Barfly written by Charles Bukowski. Without naming names you know who some of the people are if you are a fan of the film. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Larry Scarano
See Barfly, then read Hollywood. Figuring out the characters is amazing. No hiding behind closed doors when Bukowski's on the case.Published 9 months ago by Karl McCord
Classic Bukowski, though not his best work, still, none the less, a funny read regarding the the cutthroat business of film making,Published 10 months ago by Ernest M. Salgado
One of my favourite chapters of "Hollywood" was the last -- Chapter 46. This is where Chinaski (Bukowski) seems to really begin to think about things and analyze them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by lidz