Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A Film Syllabus

At the end of this interview with film journalist Peter Biskind, we get this:
Appelo: What about people who write about Hollywood and are worth reading? Can you give us an Honors Exam required reading list?

Biskind: David McClintick's Indecent Exposure: A True Story of Hollywood and Wall Street, Stephen Bach's Heaven's Gate: Dreams and Disasters in the Making of Heaven's Gate, Julia Phillips' You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, John Gregory Dunne's The Studio, Leo Braudy's The World in a Frame, Thomas Schatz's The Genius of the System. And you have to have Lillian Roth's classic book on John Huston, The Picture.
I had just recently heard about the Lillian Roth book, and I've always been a big John Gregory Dunne fan, so both are on my list. The rest are probably worth adding. Of course, he didn't mention himself, but Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is a great book. I wrote about it here, and here.

(Via 2 Blowhards)


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