Peter Biskind





Peter Biskind


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Peter Biskind is a cultural critic and film historian. He was the editor-in-chief of American Film magazine from 1981 to 1986, and the executive editor of Premiere from 1986 to 1996. His writing has appeared in scores of national publications, including Rolling Stone, Paris Match, the Nation, The 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: Seeing Is Believing: How Hollywood taught us to stop worrying and love the fifties (1983); The Godfather Companion (1990); Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll generation saved Hollywood (1998); Down and Dirty Pict ...more

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

4.11 avg rating — 4,941 ratings — published 1998 — 31 editions
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Down and Dirty Pictures: Mi...

3.80 avg rating — 2,046 ratings — published 2004 — 18 editions
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Star: How Warren Beatty Sed...

3.41 avg rating — 343 ratings — published 2010 — 16 editions
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Seeing Is Believing: Or How...

3.49 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 1983 — 8 editions
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Gods and Monsters: Movers, ...

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My Lunches with Orson

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The Godfather Companion: Ev...

3.75 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Down and Dirty Pictures: Mi...

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The Eve of Destruction: Ext...

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What Just Happened?: Bitter...

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“In order to get [Mean Streets] made I had to learn how to make a movie," says Scorsese. "I didn't learn how to make a movie in film school. What you learned in film school was to express yourself with pictures and sound. But learning to make a movie is totally different.”
Peter Biskind, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

“My theory is that everything went to hell with Prohibition, because it was a law nobody could obey. So the whole concept of the rule of law was corrupted at that moment. Then came Vietnam, and marijuana, which clearly shouldn't be illegal, but is. If you go to jail for ten years in Texas when you light up a joint, who are you? You're a lawbreaker. It's just like Prohibition was. When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society. You see?”
Peter Biskind, My Lunches with Orson

“I've always felt there are three sexes: men, women, and actors. And actors combine the worst qualities of the other two.”
Peter Biskind, My Lunches with Orson

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