Gods and Monsters: Thirty Years of Writing on Film and Culture

Gods and Monsters: Thirty Years of Writing on Film and Culture

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By (author) Peter Biskind

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 28mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747580944
  • ISBN 13: 9780747580942
  • Sales rank: 243,877

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Here is Hollywood over the last three decades - the superfreaks, lowlifes, charlatans, and the occasional geniuses who have left their bite marks on American culture, as refracted through the trajectory of Peter Biskind's career. Biskind began as a radical journalist and film critic. Now he can legitimately describe himself - as he does in the autobiographical introduction to this book - as a 'recovering celebrity journalist'. At the heart of the book are the likes of Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, Sue Mengers, and uber-producer Don Simpson, all of whom Biskind portrays in great Dickensian detail, charting how they have had a simultaneously strangulating and liberating effect on the industry.

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Peter Biskind is the author of four previous books. Currently a contributor to Vanity Fair, he was formerly the executive editor of Premiere and has written for numerous publications. He lives in Columbia County, New York.

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'If there is a better book about the inside of the film industry I'd like to see it.' SUNDAY TIMES on EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS 'Without question, the non-fiction book of the year superbly written a fascinating piece of cultural history brimming with snippets of very juicy gossip.' SUNDAY TIMES on EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS 'Biskind's book is prolix, gossipy, informed, funny and sour; a backstage epic that makes your jaw drop.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A total page-turner. The anecdotes, the characters, the fights, the stress of independent film-making are all here in their full-bloodedness.' INDEPENDENT