DOWN AND DIRTY PICTURES MIRAMAX SUNDANCE AND THE RISE OF INDEPENDENT FILM BY PETER BISKIND

Pretty interesting but nowhere near as good as Easy Riders Raging Bulls. I can only marvel at how many people Biskind spoke to; goodness knows how he got away with publishing this, given Miramax’s notorious tendency to lawyer up at the slightest provocation. The rowdy audience response to Star Wars and Jaws changed cinema in exactly the way Vincent Canby complained about when he wrote of Die Hard, in , that it worked “less as a coherent movie than as an amusement park ride. Even Harvey Weinstein agrees to contribute to the book Redford declines as he holds grudges. Fortunately, this is more of a story of the process of the independent cinematic uprising of the late s and onward. He even admitted to behaving badly after being particularly violent and abusive, pledging to go into therapy to become a better man his initial defense this October. Russell — who once had to max out their credit cards to realize their visions on the screen — are now among the best-known directors in Hollywood. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Honestly, there is no truly independent cinema, unless you can make your entire movie yourself. Oct 21, Jen Crichton rated it really liked it. Don’t have a Kindle? With an actor given less to do, film could become about something else, in Leone’s case a spatial ballet that anticipated the science fiction epics of Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas. English Choose a language for shopping. Refresh and try again.

The Weinsteins grew wealthy from the inevitable supermarketisation of independent American cinema, an artificial and illusory term as it was increasingly dependent on companies such as Miramax, which in turn depended increasingly on the majors.

Dozens of lesser-known filmmakers such as Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino began walking away with coveted prizes at Cannes and eventually the Academy Awards. mira,ax

The rowdy audience response to Star Wars and Jaws changed cinema in exactly the way Vincent Canby complained about when he wrote of Die Hard, inthat it worked “less as a moramax movie than as an amusement park ride. He lives in Columbia County, New York. Basking really knows how to delve deep into film. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls was the basis of a documentary film of the same name. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The subject itself seems very interesting and is worthy of being studied in greater depth.

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Jun 26, Llew rated it really liked it. sunxance

I am re-reading this one. Having read “Easy Riders and Raging Bulls” – I thought I’d check out the sequel, about indie cinema in the s and s. Though everyone in this book seems to have plenty of money before and after they make it in this shallow industry. Seeing is Believing was a big letdown, as my review for the book demonstrates. I held back a star because this book could have held back superfluous W.

Enjoying it so much, I purchased this book as well as Seeing is Believing, his book about the 50s. Nov 29, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: The main points Indepeendent got from the book are: It is a wonder the fall took so long.

But that story is such a bland tale of Redford’s egotism and egocentricity — anyone who has read a Vanity Fair dispatch from Sundance can write that subplot in their own head on their own. More By and About This Author.

Showing of 59 reviews. Thanks for telling us about the problem. While I can’t fault his research and scoring interviews with most of the key people involved, which seem impeccable – I didn’t find the various machinations and double-dealings quite Having read “Easy Riders and Raging Bulls” – I thought I’d check out the sequel, about indie cinema miranax the s and s.

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film by Peter Biskind

In the late miramaxx a generation of filmmakers began to flower outside the Hollywood studio system and in the following decade, the independent film movement bloomed. Jun 01, Still rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I loved the presence of Spike Lee in this book, constantly goading Miramax and all of the film studios, calling the Ws “Satan” and that “fat rat fucker,” as well as Christine Vachon and Todd Dlwn managing to make “Far from Heaven” by telling W.

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May 28, Michael Jolls rated it really liked it.

Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. He lives with his family in Columbia County, New York. The Weinsteins themselves come across as monsters. Still a completely addictive read. He even admitted to behaving badly after being particularly violent and abusive, pledging to go into therapy to become a better man his initial defense this October.

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indeependent I’m a big fan of Biskind’s gossipy dissection of the “golden age” of 70s cinema, “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls,” and “Dirty Pictures” shares the same dedication to movie minutiae, the same exhaustive sou I finally polished off Peter Biskind’s “Down and Dirty Pictures,” the saga of the rise and fall of independent film in its Sundance and Miramax incarnations, from “sex, lies, and videotape” to the big-budget, mainstream not-really-indie flicks Miramax now supports Kate and Leopold?

Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin biskijd — Sundance and Miramax — that miarmax powered them. In the late s a generation of filmmakers began to flower outside the Hollywood studio system and in the following decade, the independent film movement bloomed.

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