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  • Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780684862590
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: January 2004
    You've heard the rumors. The film industry is filled with ruthless executives who think nothing of brow-beating their employees, of using creative accounting to cheat filmmakers, and re-cutting a director's vision into a soulless crowd-pleaser. Well, it turns out those rumors are often true - at least according to Peter Biskind's highly entertaining Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. Packed with industry anecdotes and history, the book chronicles the growth and eventual mainstreaming of independent films and offers the back-story to seminal works including sex, lies, and videotape and Pulp Fiction among others. Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, divides most of his time between Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford and Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. Biskind simultaneously credits these two as fostering, though ultimately ruining, the purity of indpendent film. Other indies are largely left out, although the now-defunct October Films appears prominently in the role of noble failure. Biskind has serious points to make, but he's not stingy with the war stories, either. (One particularly amusing scene involves October executives chasing Robert Duvall's agent through a Sheraton Hotel in an attempt to stop him from making a deal with Miramax to distribute The Apostle.) Those who have only a passing interest in the movie business may tire of Biskind's oft-repeated themes (Weinstein is an evil genius! Redford is a passive-aggressive control freak!) but for those who truly love film industry gossip, Down and Dirty Pictures is a feast of insider stories - each tidbit juicier than the last
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $17.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684857084
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: April 1999
    The shock of the film Easy Rider (1969) ushered in a `Hollywood new wave' - filmmakers Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg, actors Nicholson, DeNiro and Pacino - traced here through the unabashed `70s celebration of sex, drugs,and rock n'roll (both onscreen and off). Based on hundreds of interviews. B&W photos. 506p. Pap.
  • My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $17.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250051707
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: June 2014
    "Based on long-lost recordings, a set of riveting and revealing conversations with America's great cultural provocateurThere have long been rumors of a lost cache of tapes containing private conversations between Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded over regular lunches in the years before Welles died. The tapes, gathering dust in a garage, did indeed exist, and this book reveals for the first time what they contain.Here is Welles as he has never been seen before: talking intimately, disclosing personal secrets, reflecting on the highs and lows of his astonishing career, the people he knew--FDR, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Laurence Olivier, David Selznick, Rita Hayworth, and more--and the many disappointments of his last years. This is the great director unplugged, free to be irreverent and worse--sexist, homophobic, racist, or none of the above-- because he was nothing if not a fabulator and provocateur. Ranging from politics to literature to the shortcomings of his friends and the many films he was still eager to launch, Welles is at once cynical and romantic, sentimental and raunchy, but never boring and always wickedly funny.Edited by Peter Biskind, America's foremost film historian, My Lunches with Orson reveals one of the giants of the twentieth century, a man struggling with reversals, bitter and angry, desperate for one last triumph, but crackling with wit and a restless intelligence. This is as close as we will get to the real Welles--if such a creature ever existed. "--
  • My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780805097252
    • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
    • Published: July 2013
    Based on long-lost recordings, a set of revealing conversations between the film historian author and the iconic cultural provocateur unstintingly reflects on topics ranging from politics and literature to the shortcomings of his friends and the many films Welles wanted to make. 50,000 first printing.
  • Seeing is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the 50s

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780747556909
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    • Published: September 2001
    Takes a look at the Hollywood fifties movies we all love - or love to hate - and the thousand subtle ways they reflect the political tensions of the decade. This work concentrates on the films everybody saw but nobody really looked at, and shows us how movies that appear politically innocent in fact bear an ideological burden.
  • Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743246590
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: January 2011
    An intimate, balanced, 'totally entertaining' biography of Hollywood legend Warren Beatty, based in part on new interviews with colleagues and intimatges, as well as Beatty himself. Biskind regards Beatty has an extraordinary filmmaker, but he also offers a realistic assessment of Beatty's failures as well as his successes, and the difficulties others have had working with him. Illus., b&w photographs. 640p.
  • The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism

    By Peter Biskind

    Our Price: $13.50 - $24.29
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781620974292
    • Publisher: The New Press
    • Published: September 2018

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