Synopses & Reviews
When Brian De Palma agreed to allow Julie Salamon unlimited access to the film production of Tom Wolfe's best-selling The Bonfire of the Vanities
, both director and journalist must have felt like they were on to something big. How could it lose? But instead Salamon got a front-row seat at the Hollywood disaster of the decade. She shadowed the film from its early stages through the last of the eviscerating reviews, and met everyone from the actors to the technicians to the studio executives. They'd all signed on for a blockbuster, but there was a sense of impending doom from the start heart-of-gold characters replaced Wolfe's satiric creations; affable Tom Hanks was cast as the patrician heel; Melanie Griffith appeared mid-shoot with new, bigger breasts.
This riveting insider's portrait provides a timeless account of an industry where art, talent, ego, and money combine and clash on a monumental scale.
"A classic behind-the-scenes account of how a Hollywood blockbuster turned into a bomb that illuminates 'how not to make a movie.'" New York Times
This behind-the-scenes account of how the film version of Tom Wolfe's bestselling novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities" turned into the Hollywood disaster of the 1980s is updated with a new Afterword by the author.
About the Author
Julie Salamon is a critic for the New York Times and the author of five books. She lives in New York City.