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...more
Harvey's always been a right bastard and so has his brother Bob.
Favorite part was the segment on the Weinstein-Billy Bob Thornton feud.
1) Harvey Weinstein acts like a lunatic because of some movie deal
2) Another either repellent or uninteresting Hollywood exec has a bad business experience because of some movie deal
3) An either repellent or uninteresting actor or director has a bad creative experience because of a movie deal
4) Repeat above for 12 chapters
Possibly the most interesting thing about the book is how the author, Peter Biskind, somehow manages to bring himself across as ...more
A quasi-sequel to Biskind’s Easy Riders Raging Bulls, which I re-devoured recently, Down and Dirty Pictures illuminates how the seeds the 70’s filmmaking mavericks planted sprouted a decade or so later. It is less about independent movies themselves as it is about the complicated process of how they are funded, how ...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 ...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
I'd love to read an updated version that ends with either the Weinsteins leaving Miramax in 2005 or - better yet - one that runs up until 2017.
The Weinsteins sound like the worst caricature of Hollywood producers. Demeaning to everybody around them, almost psychotically so to interns, but having no sense of what makes movies good, driven solely by greed and their own ego.
It made me not so much want to watch more independent movies, but viscerally angry that they have been able to thrive despite destroying people's ...more
While ERRB awoke a passionate drive to fill some of the less (and most) seminal gaps in my ...more
Personally, this was probably more like a 4.5 stars for me, but that's just because one strand of the history it follows was not something I found grippingly interesting, and so it's comprehensiveness made those bits drag, but those strands I was interested in were amazingly researched and written.
Your own enjoyment of it will probably vary depending on how interested you are in one or more of the three main strands the book follows, which I would ...more
I found it interesting and challenging and highly entertaining.