Coppola, Bogdanovich, Scorsese, Lucas, Hooper, Altman, Spielberg - they were the generation who re-wrote the Hollywood script for the 1970s through the remarkable films they made: Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider, The Godfather, The Last Picture Show, Taxi Driver, films which still stand as modern classics. In Easy Riders, Raging BullsPeter Biskind recreates the director's decade. One of the most exhilarating periods in film history, it began with Easy Rider in the late 1960s and ended with Raging Bull and Beverly Hills shrouded under a blanket of coke in 1980. Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, as well as producers, stars, studio executives, writers, spouses, ex-spouses, and girlfriends, this is the full story of the crazy world the directors ruled. Never before have so many celebrities talked so frankly about one another and the drugs, sex, and money that made so many of them crash and burn.
Cleverly constructed, like a Robert Altman film, and written with the flair, daring and ruthless honesty that made You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again such a success, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls reveals the hidden history of the most creative era in Hollywood since the heyday of the studios.
In the late 1960s, Hollywood was still trying to maintain the studio system of the '40s and '50s, but in the real world things were changing and eventually even the ingrained old guard had to go, overthrown by the young Turks. It all started with Easy Rider, a film still after 30 years subject to much contention about who wrote what, and for the next years some of the finest American movies of all time were produced. But too much easy sex, money and drugs destroyed much of the young talent of that time, leaving us with the big-budget, cynical action films that fill the cinemas now. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.366