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

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
Your Price: $20.95 CDN
Author: Peter Biskind
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 560
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0684862581
ISBN-13: 9780684862583
About the Book:

In this groundbreaking expose, Biskind shines a beacon into the world of independent film to reveal an irresistibly fascinating industry, replete with the same inflated egos, infighting, gossip, and greed as mainstream Hollywood, but also marked by a genuine and passionate love of filmmaking. 

Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines -- the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films -- that have powered them. As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse. Today Sundance is the most important film festival this side of Cannes, and Miramax has become an industry giant. Likewise, the directors who emerged from the independent movement, such as Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and David O. Russell, are now among the best-known directors in Hollywood. Not to mention the actors who emerged with them, like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ethan Hawke, and Uma Thurman. Candid, penetrating, and controversial, Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for anyone interested in the film world and where it's headed.

What people say:

"In Down and Dirty Pictures, Biskind takes on the movie industry of the 1990s and again gets the story...Peter Biskind captures his era as John Dunne did that of the Zanucks." - Frank Rich, The New York Times

"Dishy, teeming, superbly reported...packed with lively inside anecdotes...[a] juicy and fascinating exposé" - Entertainment Weekly

"Sensationally entertaining." - Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

About the Author: 

Peter Biskind is an American cultural critic and film historian. He was formerly the editor-in-chief of American Film magazine, and the executive editor of Premiere. His writing has appeared in scores of publications, including Rolling Stone,Paris Match, the NationThe New York Times, the Times of London, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as film journals such as Sight and Sound and Film Quarterly. He is now a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. He has published six books, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, which was the basis of a documentary film of the same name.

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