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Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
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. 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 indi...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It's full of unsourced quotes which are then "balanced" by parenthetic sourced quotes saying literally the exact opposite. I'm sure Harvey W. probably isn't a nice guy, probably has done a lot of not very nice things an ...more
And the book becomes suddenly much more intense, and we can easily relate to all the adventures of this bunch of idealists who thought they could build a New Hollywood, or at least make the films they wanted to make. However, there was a big obstacle : Harvey Weinstein.
He is truly the Hero of this book, both the good, the bad, and the ...more
If there's a ...more
While the tale of the rise and assimilation of independent film, Sundance and Miramax is certainl ...more
Trust Biskind. You don't know half the story behind the movies you see. In this gossipy, titillating expose on the marriage between Sundance and Miramax, Biskind vilifies everyone: Redford, the Weinsteins, those greedy little actors just trying to earn a modest living. It's a fascinating read--even if you don't believe every word. Nor should you. Biskind dishes out insider's tales of lost dreams, treacherous motives, and thuggish corporate warfare. But Down and Dirty is repetitive and rife with...more
The book comes in at a bloated 480pgs. There were some stories and interviews that could've been dropped. This book needed an editor like Harvey "Scissorhands" to come in and shave about 100pgs from it. That would have been more manageable. As it was, i wa ...more
Still, it's fun to hear all that dirt, even if (in Harvey's case) it amounts to lit ...more
But the book can be summed up like this: The Weinsteins are assholes. Everyone says so. Sure, they love movies, but they're assholes.
Jesus, Peter, did we need 400 pages for that?
My eyes glossed over most of the Weinstein trashing after the first 50 pages, but the book did have some interesting tidbits, u ...more