Candid, penetrating and controversial, Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for anyone interested in the film world.
©2004 Peter Biskind; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"In Down and Dirty Pictures, Biskind takes on the movie industry of the 1990s and again gets the story....Peter Biskind captures his era as John Dunne did that of the Zanucks." (The New York Times)
"Dishy, teeming, superbly reported...packed with lively inside anecdotes...[a] juicy and fascinating expose." (Entertainment Weekly)
This is an incredibly insightful book about the inner workings of Miramax and Sundance. It is a little like seeing how sausage is made, as it takes some of the glamour out of the movies you love.
The accents that Phil Gigante does for each player range from unobtrusive to hilariously awful. It's something you can listen past, but each time Matt Damon or Spike Lee "spoke", I burst out laughing. This is a small distraction, however. The book is over 23 hours long and when it ended, I immediately started it again. If you have interest in independent or smaller movies, you will find this book completely entertaining.
This book is a must read for any fan of Miramax and/or Sundance.
The Weinstein stories are incredible.
Phil Gigante's range as a storyteller is perfect and his representations of the parties involved in the narrative are spot on!
Miramax Sucks, Sundance Blows
This is a revelation.
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See my review below.
It was excellent.
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
It's an impressive collection of "inside" stories from all sources regarding the rise of Sundance and Miramax. The only knock is that, since it's a kind of oral history, there are many different voices of remarkable people throughout. My apologies to the narrator, but I found his takes on the likes of Spike Lee, Matt Damon and many others to be silly, distracting, and occasionally insulting.
Once you get past that it's a fascinating look into the independent film culture and the origins of some of Hollywood's biggest names and companies.
A very listenable book with a good vocal performance. The book, unlike its predecessor EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS, focuses not on indie cinema so much as on Miramax and Harvey Weinstein in particular. The stories about Harvey, while interesting, are repetitive and rather draining.
Yes. There is so much history covered so well that I would consider listening again due to the content.
That I learned the history, personalities, and changing times of Independent Film.
Most people bashed the narrator in their reviews, but I thought he did a great job of impersonating the various characters in the book and it really helped to keep straight who was talking and when it was quoted material and when it was the book itself.
From Billy Bob Thornton to Harvey Weinstein to the others, he does great impressions and at least helps separate all of the narrative.
At 25 hours, no. But it was hard to turn off at times and my wife even asked me to leave it playing (if she comes into a room, she usually has me turn off my books until she leaves), so that was high praise that she wanted to hear the stories.
Great history skillfully performed.
...this one has the best vocal performance of all the narrators. Phil Gigante is a really talented dude.
The book is great. I appreciated the prose and the wit with which Biskind writes mixed with funny anecdotes and quotes from a lot of heavy hitters in Hollywood. Though this book should have really only talked about Miramax. The narrative leans pretty heavily on that subject at the expense of Redford and Sundance.
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Yes, I love the narrator and he does great accents
Billy Bob Thornton and Harvey Weinstein threatening to stab each other forks
Please more Peter Biskind books especially Gods and Monsters or My lunches with Orson Welles
Excellent read - the author's bias is evident throughout so large grains of salt should be applied but it's an essential bit of research for upcoming filmmakers, actors and people with a keen interest in film as a business.
"Not that interesting for filmmakers"
It wasn't a terrible book but wasn't as good as his raging bull one about the movie brats. Wasn't much about filmmaking or filmmakers was mainly about Harvey Weinstein and was pretty tediously about the business side of the indie film world
"Worth a Listen"
Peter Biskind manages to thread together interesting stories behind the development of many of the best films of the nineties into an interesting history of Harvey Weinstein's greed.
Gigante's performance was good, though some of the accents were a little ropey and the occasional word was mispronounced.
A good book that is worth a listen for anyone interested in independent cinema of the nineties. Only real negative is that some of the background stories about executives and independent distributors seem unnecessarily long, while others are straight out superfluous.
"Want to know about Indie films? A must listen"
I am a student studying film and this book has proven to be fascinating for many reasons. For one I goes a really well written and interesting insight into how it is done in the real world if film. I also had worked well as something I could quote from and talk about in Uni work. Lots of useful information on how filmmakers such as Soderbergh, Tarantino and Smith began and worked in an Indie environment.
Very well read as well with good voices and well paced.
I would defiantly recommend!
This audio book is more relevant now than ever! It is vital for anyone working in film or with an interest. It also has an amazing narrative, so it['s not boring! Like a work of fiction, there are strong character stories all the way through... I found this impossible to put away and have enjoyed every minute of it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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