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Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob, (and Sex)

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In 1967, Peter Bart, then a young family man and rising reporter for the New York Times, decided to upend his life and enter into the dizzying world of motion pictures. Infamous Players is the story of Bart's whirlwind journey at Paramount, his role in its triumph and failures, and how a new kind of filmmaking emerged during that time.When Bart was lured to Paramount by hi ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Weinstein Books (first published April 6th 2011)
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Leila Cohan-Miccio
Jun 06, 2011 Leila Cohan-Miccio rated it it was ok
As anyone who's seen The Kid Stays In The Picture knows, there's a really interesting story in Paramount's rise during the Bob Evans years. However, this book from Bart, Evans' bestie, decides to forgo telling that story linearly in favor of recalling themed anecdotes, which is much less satisfying. It's not all bad: there's some pretty good dishy star stuff, but overall, it feels like a missed opportunity.
Johan
Oct 31, 2011 Johan rated it liked it
Interesting though it was, I was slightly disappointed. Also Peter Bart made a glaring error when he claimed that Alan Jay Lerner's Coco never went to Broadway; when as a matter of fact it did, starring the unique Katherine Hepburn. Anyway an eror like that, make you wonder about the truthfullness of the rest.
Lucie
Oct 18, 2012 Lucie rated it it was ok
a disappointing, confusing, repetitive & out of order mess
Ron Barta
Jun 27, 2013 Ron Barta rated it it was ok
One really has to wonder if anyone really edited this book for Peter Bart. As a previous reviewer noted, "an out of order, repetitive mess." I must agree. For me the only revealing chapter was about "Harold and Maude" which is a personal favorite. I didn't do any research to verify actual production dates, but all too often he seems to get the chronologies wrong regarding movies that at least in my mind were released in a different order. He says or at least implies (because he never seems to ...more
Ronald Keeler
Aug 10, 2015 Ronald Keeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a tale of movies; there is material about mob involvement, but it is more concentrated on the difficult relationships between studio executives and the demands of business corporate boards. It is still a good read for the insights into the development of rising stars such as Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and Clint Eastwood. Then there are the tales of the decline of Marlon Brando, the rude public persona of Frank Sinatra, and the introvert nature of Coppola. These are the sort of ...more
Ed
Jan 17, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you liked The Kid Stays In The Picture, this is a good parallel piece with a much more reliable narrator. Peter Bart was Robert Evans right hand at Paramount from 1967 to 1975. So, he was there when Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather and Chinatown were made among others. A lot of those others were some incredibly bad movies it's almost hard to believe a major studio would output. What's disarming about the Bart is how quick he is to point out that he observed these classic movies ...more
Chris
Jul 24, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: movies, 2011
Peter Bart's tell-all of his time working for Paramount Pictures in the late '60's/early '70's has some really compelling tales about moviemaking during one of the last times Hollywood produced movies that blended art and commerce masterfully. I appreciated Bart's candid tell-all, wherein he neither plays the gloryhound nor does he shy away from telling it like it was during his tenure at Paramount. I admired Bart focusing equally on the ridiculous junk Paramount was making (Paint Your Wagon, ...more
Eric
Sep 12, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
A more restrained companion to the more Saturnalian (and much juicier) The Kid Stays in the Picture, Infamous Players is a fast, entertaining read, but it skims the surface far too much to get four or five stars.

Having seen The Kid Stays in the Picture, I enjoyed getting a second opinion that largely confirms the sex and drugs insanity that was Robert Evans calling card. I also enjoyed the overview of the dysfunctional office politics in Paramount and Hollywood as a whole. However, much of the b
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Alex
Jun 27, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok
Peter Bart was famously hired as a studio exec at Paramount in the late '60's, solely on the basis of being a smart New York Times reporter, at a time when all the old rules were being thrown out and no one seemed to know what audience wanted.

Bart, who later headed up Variety, is willing to own up to his mistakes -- fiascos he saw coming and didn't stop, or didn't see coming. He also takes some credit for some major good calls, like pushing LOVE STORY when no one wanted it.

It's a book of war st
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Ray
Mar 08, 2016 Ray rated it liked it
I found this an interesting read, but a little scattered at times. Peter Bart was Robert Evans' right hand man at Paramount Pictures during an unusually prolific time (1967-1975). Movies such as The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby, Harold and Maude, Love Story, Chinatown, Paper Moon and True Grit were all produced during this period. Bart talks about the behind-the-scenes wrangling and fighting that went on, and the movers and shakers who helped (and hindered) the making of these films. What didn't ...more
Joshua
Jan 05, 2012 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Okay memoir by Peter Bart. Not as juicy as I was hoping as he just kind of repeats all the stories that are already kind of public knowledge about some key figures in 1960s/1970s cinema. Bob Evans stories galore but if you've read Kid Stays in the Picture, none of this will be new to you. Wished it would have had even more stories about certain films but the tale usually was about Bart flying out to some shoot and then giving a very brief overview of discussions with a troubled director or star ...more
Rick Lenz
Sep 20, 2015 Rick Lenz rated it it was amazing
I don't think you can find a better, well-told, inside Hollywood story than Peter Bart's "Infamous Players." After being a reporter for the New York Times, he accepted an executive position with Paramount. He recounts stories of Robert Evans and the making of several of the biggest, and in some cases best, films of arguably the studio's most fascinating era. He was on the inside during the making of "The Godfather," "Rosemary's Baby," "Harold and Maude," "Love Story" and "Chinatown." If you love ...more
stephanie borris
The title of this book really caught my eye, but the text fell flat in many places. This book is HARDLY about the mob. Peter Bart casually mentions mobsters maybe twice---leading up to a short passage about the making of The Godfather, but that's it. No intrigue. Oh yes, Hollywood was connected to the Mob in 60s and 70s. Something I already knew! And just like that, I gave up on believing this book had more to offer.
Richard Nicholson
Oct 24, 2011 Richard Nicholson rated it really liked it
Another great book about this period in Hollywood history. Though it doesn't, for me, flow (literature) stylistically as well as Peter Biskind's or Robert Sellers' books on same topic, it is at least written by someone who was there; and it's a much better account than Robert Evan's The Kid Stays In The Picture
Matt
May 24, 2015 Matt rated it it was ok
Shelves: american-history
This read was a little underwhelming. For a guy who was in the guts of a pretty historic time at Paramount, I expected more epic information.

Read almost seems a bit lazy and not all that well edited.

Not a terrible read. Just probably would have passed had I known the lack of interesting information.

I gave it a 2*
Bryan
Jun 18, 2012 Bryan rated it liked it
As I read this shortly after reading Shoot Out (also by Peter Bart) I found myself reading some of the same stories in each book. Generally interesting but nothing mind blowing or spectacular.
Derek Ambrose
Mar 01, 2015 Derek Ambrose rated it it was ok
Shelves: 52-in-2015
Some familiar Hollywood stories and some new of the Evans/Bart Paramount era. A bit of mess. The book is not chronological so sometimes anecdotes are repeated twice or three times. A quick read
Shirley
Aug 08, 2011 Shirley rated it really liked it
Interesting, quick read. Reinforced the chaos of the seventies and its translation into the film industry. Interesting views of famous people, particularly Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Redford.
Miles Edwards
Miles Edwards rated it it was ok
Aug 26, 2012
Alan Labouseur
Alan Labouseur rated it it was amazing
Jul 07, 2011
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Mar 04, 2013
Kevin
Jul 14, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A little repetitive with some structural problems, but an interesting memoir
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Dec 26, 2011
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Sep 10, 2011
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