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

Forsideomslag
Weinstein Books, 9. maj 2011 - 288 sider
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In 1967, Peter Bart, then a young family man and rising reporter for the New York Times, decided to upend his life and enter the dizzying world of motion pictures. Infamous Players is the story of Bart's whirlwind journey at Paramount, his role in its triumphs and failures, and how a new kind of filmmaking emerged during that time.

When Bart was lured to Paramount by his friend and fellow newcomer, the legendary Robert Evans, the studio was languishing, its slate riddled with movies that were out of touch with the dynamic sixties. By the time Bart left Paramount, in 1975, the studio had completed a remarkable run, with films such as The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby, Harold and Maude, Love Story, Chinatown, Paper Moon, and True Grit. But this new golden era at Paramount was also fraught with chaos and company turmoil. Drugs, sex, runaway budgets, management infighting, and even the Mafia found their way onto the back lot, making Paramount surely one of the most unpredictable, even bizarre, studios in the history of the movie industry.

Bart reflects on Paramount's New Hollywood era with behind-the scenes details and insightful analysis; here too are his fascinating recollections of the icons from that time: Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, and Frank Sinatra, among others.

For over four decades, first on the inside as a studio executive and later as the longtime editor in chief of Variety, Peter Bart has viewed Hollywood from an incomparable vantage point. The stories he tells and the lessons we learn from Infamous Players are essential for anyone who loves movies.
 

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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 ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

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Brugeranmeldelse  - AlexEpstein - LibraryThing

Peter Bart was famously hired as a powerful 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 ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

Indhold

1 Taking the Leap
1
2 The Tenuous Team
24
3 The Salon
39
4 The Bosss Bombs
45
5 Lovers
66
6 Modus Sexualis
83
7 The Bad Guys
96
8 Breaking the Mold
114
10 Rising Stars
153
11 Unholy Alliances
185
12 The Outlaws
200
13 The Glitz Machine
233
14 Reckoning
248
Paramount Slate of Films
262
Index
269
Copyright

9 Hard Lessons
130

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Om forfatteren (2011)

Peter Bart started his career as a newsman with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, then spent seventeen years as a film executive (vice president of Paramount, senior vice president of MGM, president of Lorimar Film Co.) only to return to journalism as editor-in-chief of Variety. Along the way, he was responsible for seven books, including Shoot-Out, written with Peter Guber (the basis for their current weekly television show), Dangerous Company (a short story collection), and three nonfiction books, The Gross, Fade Out, and Boffo.

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