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Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood: Rebels, Reds, and Graduates and the Wild Stories Behind the Making of 13 Iconic Filmsby Graydon Carter
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The stories behind the stories of some of Hollywood's most iconic movies
The magazine world 's monthly arbiter of culture, personality, and world affairs, Vanity Fair has always offered the definitive insider's look at Hollywood power and glamour since its relaunch twenty-five years ago. Now, for the first time ever, Vanity Fair presents a one-of-a-kind collection featuring thirteen behind-the- scenes stories on some of cinema's most iconic films-including pictures as varied as All About Eve, Cleopatra, Sweet Smell of Success, Rebel Without a Cause, and Saturday Night Fever. For pop-culture fanatics and movie buffs alike, Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood is an irresistible glimpse at how classic films-and box office bombs-are made.
"Vanity Fair magazine is known for in-depth film histories, and this collection of 13 from the past 10 years is a worthy read for film buffs (though no less likely to satisfy than the next issue's feature). 'Iconic' is used loosely here, as some selections hold narrow appeal (is there anyone interested in career-women-in-distress flick The Best of Everything who hasn't already found Laura Jacob's history?), but the writers' access might be reason enough to take a look: Peter Biskind talks, in 2006, to Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton about the making of Reds; Sam Kashner gets John Travolta's thoughts on Saturday Night Fever; and Peter Biskind talks to Dustin Hoffman and John Voight about the unlikely triumph of Midnight Cowboy. Other articles take a longer view: David Kamp looks into Cleopatra, as well as legends that Orson Welles's original director's cut of The Magnificent Ambersons is still hidden away somewhere. Others covered include The Producers, The Graduate, All About Eve and Tommy; for those who haven't come across them before, these gossipy behind-the-scenes chronicles should make compulsive reading." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Film journalists dig up the dirt and reveal what really happened and what might have but really did not, during the filming, but also in earlier stages such as casting. The films range temporally from The Magnificent Ambersons in 1942 to Reds in 1981, and are all iconic in the sense of well known to film buffs and most familiar at least in name even to garden variety recipients of US popular culture. Most of the articles appeared in the entertainment magazine Vanity Fair since 2000, but a few are from the 1990s. They do not include bibliographies, and there is no index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
For the first time, "Vanity Fair" presents a one-of-a-kind collection featuring 13 behind-the-scenes stories on some of cinema's most iconic films--including "All About Eve, Rebel Without a Cause," and "Saturday Night Fever."
About the Author
Graydon Carter has been the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992.
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