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The Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
An appreciation of the young turks who took hold of Hollywood in the nineties: from P. T. Anderson to Spike Jonze to the godfather of them all, Steven Soderbergh

Hollywood is undergoing a renaissance, spawned by a vanguard of auteurs who for more than a decade have managed to turn La-La Land upside down. With films like Boogie Nights, Rushmore, Being John Malkovich, and Me
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 2006)
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V Mignon
One day, as I was searching for books to use as part of a display at the library, I wandered into the non-fiction film section. Having recently finished watching Mark Cousins' expansive 15 part documentary, The Story of Film, you could say I was hungry for more film knowledge. The first book I found and considered for display usage (and perhaps checking out) was one titled The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers. But then, right next to it, I saw James Mottram's The Sundance Kids; How the Mavericks ...more
Bryan Wilson
This would seem to be the definitive book on independent filmmaking from 1989's sex, lies, and videotape to the mid-2000s.Using Steven Soderbergh's prolific and varied body of work as the foundation for the Sundance movement, Mottram looks specifically at the works of "mavericks" like Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Sofia Coppola, Kimberly Pierce and Wes Anderson to explore how the traditional Hollywood narratives have been upended. Of course, ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Britta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating little history of the Sundance era, which is both defined and constrained by Mottram as the era from 'sex, lies, and videotape' to 'Pulp Fiction'. Very interesting, and although Mottram ocassionally lets it devolve into ranting reviews, it's nonetheless a useful introduction to early 90's American indie film.

This won't reveal anything new to a hardcore film lover, but works well as a nice little history. It's a strangely and uniquely optimistic history of indie film, pointing towa
Jamison Spencer
Aug 29, 2014 Jamison Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good history of interesting directors from Soderberg on. The kind of directors you think of as indie even though they're movies are studio financed. More a history of the deals and evolving careers than a look at the directors process.
Neil Corriston
Aug 02, 2010 Neil Corriston rated it liked it
A pretty good overview of independent cinema in the 1990's. It is very much a textbook and mostly about the directors. I had no clue that George Clooney and David Russel got into a fight onset of Three Kings- interesting
Feb 15, 2014 Donkey21 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like 90% of the movies discussed in this book, so it was tailor-made for me. I do think Mottram strains to come up with an overlying theme for everthing.
Scott Cherney
Decent book of indie film pioneers of the 90s, one of the richest periods of film since the seveties.
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