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My Movie Business: A Memoir Paperback – October 10, 2000
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This slender memoir offers a perceptive, if hardly objective, critique of the inherent differences between novels and screenplays, with the writer sharing his own experiences creating both. Irving focuses principally on his crusade to bring The Cider House Rules to the screen, tracing its gestation through four successive directors; with Irving himself attached as scriptwriter, we see the novelist struggling to reconcile the demands of concision against his paternal instincts toward the original book. Written before the final cut of The Cider House Rules, My Movie Business often verges on self-justification. Irving's respect for the movie's ultimate caretaker, Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom, is evident, as is his hopeful enthusiasm for the project's casting (which includes Michael Caine, Tobey McGuire, Jane Alexander, and Charlize Theron). Yet Irving can't repress the wariness prompted by his earlier disappointments with both this and other novels.
Ultimately, such candor doesn't diminish the account's value as a post mortem of the creative process behind serious filmmaking, nor does it overpower the reliable grace of Irving's prose. Fans will also find My Movie Business revealing in its exploration of the inspiration behind The Cider House Rules and its eloquent stance against the antiabortion movement--Irving's own grandfather, a leading doctor, administrator, and Harvard professor of obstetrics and gynecology. But moviegoers, as well as those who haven't read Irving's original novel, should be forewarned that this memoir does reveal key plot elements of both. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Mr. Irving is in a position to be entirely subjective - he's earned this forum and he uses it to his advantage. This is a book of opinion and nowhere does the author hold back.
If you care at all about what goes into the maknig of a top quality movie and what goes on inside the mind of one of our best, pick up My Movie Business.
Irving also details the processes of changing his other novels into films, yet because I hadn't read or seen any of them, these sections didn't hold as much value to me as the ones of "The Cider House Rules." If you've seen or read John Irving's novels and films, especially "Cider House," this book gives you a behind the scenes view of the difficulties of making a movie out of an epic book. If you're not a John Irving fan though, you might want to stay away, or at least make a screening and reading of "Cider House" a prerequisite for purchasing "My Movie Business."
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The stories about Mr. Irving's grandfather fascinated me. He was why the novel "The Cider House Rules" got written. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary Schmidtke
After three of his novels became motion pictures scripted by other writers (The World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meany, which was rechristened on... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pageturner in NYC
John Irving's story of his interactions with the movie industry. This gives some insight into why movies so frequently miss many of the good points in the books. Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Lewis T. Fitch
I enjoyed this book I guess because I love John Irving so much. Getting insight into his writing process and character developments was enlightening.Published on December 24, 2012 by Jeri L. Ovalle
Mostly about the making of the film, The Cider House Rules, but written before the film's marketting or theatrical release--actually, before the film's final cut--it did make me... Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)