To a man, they are portrayed as selfish, ruthless, megalomaniacal, self-destructive. To see what your friends thought of this book. In Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind takes us on the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s, an era that produced such modern classics as The Godfather, Chinatown, Shampoo, Nashville, Taxi Driver, and Jaws. “We are the children of Lucas,” Biskind sadly concludes, “not Coppola.”, To my shame, I am a great lover of celebrity gossip. By clicking 'Sign me up' I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. Mit einer beeindruckenden Fülle an Details beschrieb er darin die Blütezeit des "New Hollywood"-Kinos der 60er- und 70er-Jahre. Refresh and try again. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls vividly chronicles the exuberance and excess of the times: the startling success of Easy Rider and the equally alarming … So if you don’t want to see how the cinematic sausage is made, avoid it. Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this … A lot of interesting things happened in Hollywood as to how movies were made, and the balances of power. This down-and-dirty romp through Hollywood in the 1970s introduces the young filmmakers--Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, Altman, and Beatty--and recreates an era that transformed American culture forever. Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this … Doesn't mean it couldn't have been a better book (there are times when you sense Biskind lost access to someone and simply stopped telling their story without explanation) but it tells a sad soulful story nonetheless. Sample Dennis Hopper shenanigans (in the early 80s): I’m a messy bitch who LIVES for drama and movies. Some of those who survived and are still around to reminisce on those heady, druggy days include Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), George Lucas (Star Wars), Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull), William Friedkin (The Exorcist), Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde). We’ve got your back. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls was the basis of a documentary film of the same name. Also, plenty of good anecdotes about the interactions of all the others in the New Hollywood. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. ), despite the fact that the author must have done a tremendous amount of research. Fantastic portrait of the best dozen years of American film and the insane circumstances that created them. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s -- an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both onscreen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme. To my shame, I am a great lover of celebrity gossip. This tom. It's about culture, society, and everyday life in one of the wildest times in the modern history of the U.S. and its representation in cinema. The supplements are a list of interviews that didn't make the original cut and they are comprehensive. Peter Biskind, Director: On the Battlefield. Sort of an overrated genre, but it was interesting reading about Rafelson and Schneider. Why is the public so stupid? Peter Biskind is the author of five previous books, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. But ''Easy Riders, Raging Bulls'' views even its heroes (Scorsese, Coppola, Ashby) with considerable ambivalence. However, I do appreciate how Biskind refuses to coddle and praise this gen. that took over Hollywood were heroes, eschewing conventional tastes, embracing artistic techniques more commonly found in European art cinema than Hollywood programmers and foll, Raucous, kaleidoscopic portrait of New Hollywood in the ‘70s, when a fresh generation of ambitious young directors obliterated the studio system. The upshot of this book's negative reviews seems to be that it is too full of gossip. Biskind’s narrative is familiar to any film buff: in his telling, the young auteurs (Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Bob Rafelson, Robert Altman etc.) 4.5 out of 5 stars 211. DVD. There's plenty of dirt dished in this book, and I was ready for second and third helpings by the time I finished it. If you're a filmmaker, I highly recommend this book, Interesting and entertaining look at directors and producers from the 70's like Francis Ford Coppola, Denis Hopper, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty and many more. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The author dwelled on bad behavior instead of providing key insights into film making. April 4th 1999 It pretty much read like a teen scream gossip rag. When the low-budget biker movie Easy Rider shocked Hollywood with its success in 1969, a new Hollywood era was born. This tome is a no-holds-barred, tell-all expose on the failures, successes, and excesses of those involved, as the "New Hollywood" directors negotiated studio politics, created amazing cinema, made millions - and sometimes lost it again. The effort and struggle between the end of the old hollywood and the beginning of the new hollywood directors and studios, pushing to make movies like Bonnie and Clyde, Jaws, Apocolypse Now, The Godfather and Starwars is an incredible read show more Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. That makes me feel old. The book is hefty with gossip of all kinds, which is too bad because he's talking about the revolution in films in the 60's to early 80's. This book is alternately fabulous and frustrating. Not Coppola, not Bogdanovich, not Ashby or Lucas or Spielberg or Scorse. Entdecke alle Informationen über Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the … I'm trying to imagine someone who buys a book about the film industry and is surprised, much less disappointed, by encountering gossip. I suppose this book might be compared to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for its revelations and its exposé of darker aspects and distasteful facts of Hollywood, as Sinclair did with the meatpacking industry. In 1969, a low-budget biker movie, Easy Rider, shocked Hollywood with its stunning success. The book had the potential to be awesome and interesting and really informative. If you want to know what a pain in the ass it was for Coppola to make " Apocalypse Now", or find trivial and pointless facts ( "Harold and Maude" was written by a pool cleaner) cool, or just like to know the back story of some of the best films ever, dig up a copy of this ( Or steal it from Adam Bailey). ), propelling movies to a height never before reached and never again matched. But I honestly got a little bored with the sex/drugs/gossip TMZ-of-the-70's like aspects of this book. etc. That being said, I was pretty into the book otherwise. Peter Biskind is the author of five previous books, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. ), despite the fact that the author must have done a tremendous amount of research. This book allowed me to indulge in that passion whilst still retaining literary respectability on the bus. Read More Books in 2021 with the Goodreads Reading Challenge. While it's a damn entertaining read, Biskind gets some of his facts wrong, making most of this book suspect as a work chronicling the history of the generation of movie brats that revolutionized Hollywood in the late sixties through the early eighties. Why do people go see them? Easy Riders, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s -- an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both onscreen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme. It lacked social and historical context (just passing mentions of Vietnam and the Manson killings, etc. Highly recommended to all movie fans. It has been a few years since I have read "Down & Dirty Pictures," by Biskind, and forgot about my gripes with that book, which is really all my fault. The author dwelled on bad behavior instead of providing key insights into film making. This book allowed me to indulge in that passion whilst still retaining literary respectability on the bus. However, I do appreciate how Biskind refuses to coddle and praise this generation the way most authors and documentarians do. Biskind's book disappointed me tremendously. I find that I use this book ( yeah, I kept it) as a source of reference up to several times a week and have stoked some pretty serious arguments with film-heads due to my new found knowledge of the industry. Hard to take anything at face value. $19.99. Some of those who survived and are still around to reminisce on those heady, druggy days include Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), George Lucas (Star Wars), Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull), William Friedkin (The Exorcist), Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde). Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Performing Arts > Film & Video > History & Criticism, Performing Arts > Film & Video > Screenwriting, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Favorite Books About Real-Life Hollywood Scandals, Book Cover Image (jpg): Easy Riders Raging Bulls, full terms and conditions and this month's choices, Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 4, 1999). I learned a lot of really fascinating gossip about some of my favorite American directors and the Dennis Hopper stories were off the hook. Auf DVD und Blu-Ray What is the theme and sub-theme of this book? What was the point of all that hand-wringing then? MARTIN SCORSESE ON DRUGS: "I did a lot of drugs because I wanted to do a lot, I wanted to push all the way to the very very end, and see if I could die." That is, until their own excesses (drugs, sex, greed and rampant megalomania) caught up with them, while Steven Spielberg and George Lucas whetted the public’s appetite for mindless blockbusters with Jaws and Star Wars. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls . Biskind also gets lost reporting lurid details of decadence among the Hollywood hippies during this time, which have a sleazy appeal but ultimately adds up to dated gossip. They are extremely lucky AIDS wasn't much of a thing until the 80's. I love the way he puts across the story-telling abilities of his interviewees...instead of distilling the information in cold, analytical prose, he lets everybody from Bruce Dern to Warre. For those not well versed but interested in one of cinema’s greatest eras this will certainly be a more interesting and engaging watch. Their collective talents produced an endless string of masterpieces (The Godfather, The Last Picture Show, Taxi Driver, Five Easy Pieces, Nashville, etc. Audience Reviews for Easy Riders---Raging Bulls May 29, 2011 Pointless documentary, which didnt manage to get interviews from the people it's about. The effort and struggle between the end of the old hollywood and the beginning of the new hollywood directors and studios, pushing to make movies like Bonnie and Clyde, Jaws, Apocolypse Now, The Godfather and Starwars is an incredible read show more The main thing that sticks with me is that Biskind spends a lot of time setting this era as some grand tragedy that these talented directors and writers and producers were too self-involved and self-destructive to take down the Hollywood establishment. One of the more curious quotes in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls comes from Terry Southern, the principal screenwriter of Easy Rider: “In my mind, the ending (of Easy Rider) was to be an indictment of blue-collar America, the people I thought were responsible for the Vietnam War.”* Biskind’s narrative is familiar to any film buff: in his telling, the young auteurs (Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Bob Rafelson, Robert Altman etc.) To be honest, I don't really like any of the films covered in Easy Riders except for Star Wars (and Lucas and Spielberg are covered here as the exceptions rather than the rule), I'm more of a Hollywood's Golden Era kind of gal. But I do find the film industry and the people in it fascinating so it didn't really impede my enjoyment. The book seems to be largely pulled together from extensive interviews Biskind has done with actors, producers, writers and directors so it does come across as very authoritative and it's pretty hilarious that many of them having conflicting accounts of what went on (there are quite a lot of instances of 'X says this never happened' after a quote from Y). Granted, a good portion of the players here are not admirable on a personal level, and some may even be irredeemable … but the book never demonstrated, for me, a respect for the art. Then within the last five pages he asks himself: "Could another group of directors have done it differently, broken the back of studio power, created little islands of self-sufficiency that would have supported them in the work they wanted to do? I almost wonder just how accurate this book - surely they can't all be this nuts? 4.5 out of 5 stars 180. A lot of amazing movies were made in the 1970's. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Trailer & Teaser, Interviews, Clips und mehr Videos auf Deutsch und im Original. Haunting of the Innocent- Die Wurzeln des Schreckens … Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is about the 1960s and 1970s Hollywood, a period of American film known for the production of such films such as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Star Wars, The Exorcist, and The Last Picture Show. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Peter Biskind A stone-cold classic from the moment it arrived in 1998. Overall, I'm glad I read all 430 pages of this. Then within the last five pages he asks himself: "Could another group of directors have do. Unfortunately this is less of the untold story of the birth of the Auteur directors of 70's (you know the ones...Coppola, Scorsese, DE Palma, ect.) There was no cocaine before Easy Rider on the street. 4.2 out of 5 stars 37. Finden Sie Top-Angebote für Easy Riders, Raging Bulls von Peter Biskind (1999, Taschenbuch) bei eBay. Easy Riders Raging Bulls is salacious and gossipy, yet simultaneosuly a brilliant dissection of filmmakers, producers and, crucially, the best American films from the best period of American filmmaking that we have yet seen. Welcome back. An unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (onscreen and off), Easy Rider heralded a heady decade in which a rebellious wave of talented young filmmakers invigorated the movie industry. Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit. The main thing that sticks with me is that Biskind spends a lot of time setting this era as some grand tragedy that these talented directors and writers and producers were too self-involved and self-destructive to take down the Hollywood establishment. It focuses more on the directors and not the actors, which is good because most of the decent directors of that time were completely out of their minds. Though it displayed some issues, given the film’s genre and budget, it offered a pretty solid picture. and more a gossipy, vindictive, and mean spirited expose of how terrible all those people where at all times...the whole book seems petty and dishonest. About the Author Peter Biskind is the author of five previous books, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. When he does talk about how the movies changed, both in cinematography, plot development, in every way, Biskind is insightful and intelligent, but he doesn't dwell on such matters for very long. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Get unlimited DVD Movies & TV Shows delivered to your door with no … Must redeem within 90 days. The book had the potential to be awesome and interesting and really informative. Peter Biskind is a yenta! Probably not." But as a chronicle of this golden era, "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls", narrated by William H. Macy, is fairly straightforward, mostly accurate, very entertaining, and a great tool for film buffs who weren't privileged to have been there. I think thats the reason I thought it was altogether too long. Goes through the transition of directors before and what they've become. A lot of amazing movies were made in the 1970's. Picking up this book, that is what it alludes to be about. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Easy Riders Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock 'N Roll Generation Save. *** from **** Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock’n’Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, Peter Biskind’s great, scathing, news-packed history of … Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Roll credits. DENNIS HOPPER ON EASY RIDER: "The cocaine problem in the United States is really because of me. For those who hear "film history" and think Titanic, in 1967, the major American film studios were in such disarray and the counterculture seemed to be … Biskind also gets lost reporting lurid details of decadence among the Hollywood hippies during this time, which have a sleazy appeal but ultimately adds up to dated gossip. What you learned in film school was to express yourself with pictures and sound. $10.75. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair and was formerly the executive editor of Premiere magazine. I felt guilty reading it, like I was investing too much time in something not worthy of it. Taking you through classic pictures and how they were made. Casts a wide enough net to get a general sense of the era but it's a house of cards built on a lot of he said she said. It deals with the late 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s: heady days, when a youthful, energetic, free-thinking generation of film directors rose up, seized the reins of Hollywood, and attempted a revolution. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I believe that these people are saints that should be above all criticism, it's that the writing and the editing of this book is so focused on telling you how drug a. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood Peter Biskind. How he got an interview with producer Bert Schneider is beyond my comprehension -- the guy is a total recluse, and one of the most fascinating figures in Hollywood history. I think it might be a college textbook, but I'm not all that sure. In 1969, a low-budget biker movie, Easy Rider, shocked Hollywood with its stunning success. I have the original hardback, which means it’s over twenty years since I read it. Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this is the full, candid story of Hollywood's last golden age. Lots of great anecdotes about the most interesting time in American film history, Easy Rider, Raging Bulls isn't as comprehensive as the book it's adapted from, but it's a fun watch for fans of that era of American filmmaking. It focuses more on the directors and not the actors, which is good because most of the decent directors of that time were completely out of their minds. Baadasssss Cinema - A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films Pam Grier. Still, I do think it's an absolute must-read for anyone mad on films. Schon der Untertitel des Buchs … It isn't much of a critical analysis, but it covers who got these movies made and how, and more importantly, how it all died out. Offer redeemable at Simon & Schuster's ebook fulfillment partner. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood is an amazing book. A handful of mavericks dream of breaking the studios' stranglehold, of making Art that will be screened across the world, but they are beguiled by mountains of cash and their own megalomania and by the time Star Wars hits, they're finished. Picking up this book, that is what it alludes to be about. Of course I expected sex and drugs to be a big part of the book, its on the cover. Granted, a good portion of the players here are not admirable on a personal level, and some may even be irredeemable … but the book never demonstrated, for me, a respect for the artistic process that resulted in ground breaking cinema. In the fabulous column, Biskind is to be commended for his incredibly thorough research. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood is a book by Peter Biskind, published by Simon & Schuster in 1998. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls I recently read the book "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls", which documents the rise of fall of the New Hollywood cinematic movement of the late 60s and 70s. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: Dokumentarfilm/Kunst- & Kultur-Doku/Film-Doku 2002 von Rachel Talbot/Kenneth Bowser mit Mardik Martin/Peter Fonda/Sylvia Miles. Peter Biskind's Easy Riders/Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood was one of the most entertaining movie books to come along in years. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I believe that these people are saints that should be above all criticism, it's that the writing and the editing of this book is so focused on telling you how drug addicted and crazy and two faced everyone was that it barely has time to make the case for any of the classic movies they produced, let alone say at least one nice thing about them. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. You can say Peter Biskind is being a jerk to the generation of filmmakers who revolutionized Hollywood in the 1970s with this gossipy, mean yet thorough retelling of the rise and crash of "The New Hollywood" or you could argue that this group of boy geniuses pretty much got what they deserved as a group of young artists given too much too fast who lost it and ruined others in the process through their own greed and arrogance.

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