Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of by Peter Biskind

By Peter Biskind

Down and soiled Pictures chronicles the increase of self reliant filmmakers and of the dual engines -- the Sundance movie pageant and Miramax motion pictures -- that experience powered them. As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind profiles the folks who took the self sustaining circulation from obscurity to the Oscars, such a lot significantly Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who along with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse.

Today Sundance is an important movie competition this aspect of Cannes, and Miramax has develop into an immense. Likewise, the administrators who emerged from the self sustaining circulate, comparable to Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and David O. Russell, at the moment are one of the best-known administrators in Hollywood. let alone the actors who emerged with them, like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ethan Hawke, and Uma Thurman.

Candid, penetrating, and debatable, Down and soiled Pictures is a must-read for a person drawn to the movie international and the place it's headed.

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Although some readers may find it difficult to sympathize with the labor problems of professional football players, many of whom have multimillion-dollar contracts and bloated bonus packages, their lesson of solidarity should not be a wasted one. After all, if high-paid athletes understand the need to team together for their workplace rights, shouldn’t nine-to-five working Americans feel the same? For the average worker, however, there is neither a prime-time television audience to hear our grievances, nor dedicated arbitrators fighting in our corner.

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