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  • Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter Biskind
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (58)
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    (57)

    Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines - the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films - that have powered them. Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse.

    natalie says: "For the independent film lover!"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Down and Dirty Pictures to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    What other book might you compare Down and Dirty Pictures to and why?

    I don't know.


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    See my review below.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It’s ironic that the men behind some of the most thoughtful, critically acclaimed independent films of the 90s (The Crying Game, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, etc) - the Weinstein brothers, are at base a couple of bullies. It’s also ironic that independent film icon, Robert Redford, used his influence at Sundance to take promising projects (A River Runs Through It and Quiz Show) away from other Sundance filmmakers . Although some might complain that author Biskind portrays the Weinsteins and Redford negatively, there is no lack of evidence for his point of view. He names names; it’s good, solid journalism. Phil Gigante’s narration is excellent. He gives dozens of people distinctive voices, and his characterizations of Harvey and Bob Weinstein are particularly memorable

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