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 über-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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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 über-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.

 

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Paperback

2015

ISBN: 9780747580942