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Dennis Drabelle The Washington Post Book World Biskind's devourable book is that rarity, a Hollywood exposé that you can read mouth agape, slurping up scandal and titillation so fast you're in danger of choking -- without feeling ashamed of yourself.
Brian Gunn San Francisco Chronicle Biskind is a magician at prying revealing yarns and juicy quotes out of his subjects. And the resulting scenarios are deliciously tawdry...moments of real intelligence and grace.
About the Author
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Later Printing edition (April 4, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0684857081
- ISBN-13 : 978-0684857084
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The narrative of the book charts the rise of the idea of the director as the author of films, supplanting the influence of studio executives, only to see the position of the director usurped at the end of the decade by the producer when smash hits like ‘Star Wars’ showed just how much money could be made by movies and high production and marketing costs along with product research displaced the influence of the artistry of the filmmakers. This book is an incredible story about film culture, business, and entertainment and every page of it is full of delicious information from a variety of perspectives.
Joe contacted Ron and said, "We've got to do something."
You get it this way...
Joe contacted Ron, said, "We've got to do something."
And EVERY TIME there is a sentence saying someone said something, it's written that way, with that structure. It's weird.
There are some other writing oddities in this book, but that one is like five times per page. I was reading and looked at my wife, said, "This guy can't write!" Oops, now I did it. Aaaagh!
This book seems to be missing an editor.
A motley collection of aspiring and idealistic young filmmakers band together in support of each other and with dreams of creating art. A little fame, money, and success gets tossed in later on, and all Heck breaks loose: egos and pettiness surface, neuroses flare up, sex and drugs become the currency of the day, fortunes are won and lost and won again (and lost again), and the cooperative spirit dies an ugly death.
Rather than spoil it for you by recounting specifics, I'll just say this business can bring out the worst in people and it certainly did in the case of many of the principals featured in "ER,RB". But it makes for a juicy read, that's for DARN sure! And I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that what is recounted in this book is really just the tip of the iceberg.
This book is a hybrid of all types of information -- historical record, oral histories, and a more than a little bit of gossip rag thrown in for prurient pleasure. Ideally this book would be just volume one in a long series. But I was thoroughly entertained by what Biskind did uncover.
If you hold some high-profile film directors (Spielberg, Lucas, Altman, Bogdanovich, Coppola, Scorcese, etc.) in somewhat high esteem for their contributions to film, you may find that your opinions might change somewhat. But learning WHY will be a fun read.