Gods and Monsters

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 320g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747580944
  • 9780747580942
  • 338,565

Review quote

'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.' INDEPENDENTshow more

About Peter Biskind

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.show more