Backstory 4: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1970s and 1980s / Edition 1

Backstory 4: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1970s and 1980s / Edition 1

by Patrick McGilligan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520214595

ISBN-13: 9780520214590

Pub. Date: 01/24/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Continuing Patrick McGilligan's highly acclaimed series on Hollywood screenwriters, these engrossing, informative, provocative interviews give wonderfully detailed and personal stories from veteran screenwriters of the seventies and eighties focusing on their craft, their lives, and their profession. Backstory 4 is a riveting insider's look at how movies get

Overview

Continuing Patrick McGilligan's highly acclaimed series on Hollywood screenwriters, these engrossing, informative, provocative interviews give wonderfully detailed and personal stories from veteran screenwriters of the seventies and eighties focusing on their craft, their lives, and their profession. Backstory 4 is a riveting insider's look at how movies get made; a rich perspective on many of the great movies, directors, and actors of the seventies and eighties; and an articulate, forthright commentary on the art and the business of screenwriting.

The screenwriters interviewed for this volume include well-known Oscar winners as well as cult filmmakers, important writers who were also distinguished directors, and key practitioners of every commercial genre. These writers have worked with Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Peter Bogdanovich, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Clint Eastwood, and other film giants of the so-called New Hollywood. The stories of their collaborations—some divine, some disastrous—provide some of the most fascinating material in this volume. They also discuss topics including how they got started writing screenplays, their working routines, their professional relationships, their influences, and the work of other major writers and directors.

Backstory 4 features interviews with Robert Benton, Larry Cohen, Blake Edwards, Walter Hill, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Lawrence Kasdan, Elmore Leonard, Paul Mazursky, Nancy Meyers, John Milius, Frederic Raphael, Alvin Sargent, and Donald E. Westlake.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520214590
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Series:
Backstory Ser.
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Robert Benton: The New Traditionalist

Interview by Christian Keathley
Larry Cohen: Manic Energy

Interview by Patrick McGilligan
Blake Edwards: Jumping Around

Interview by Bill Krohn
Walter Hill: Last Man Standing

Interview by Patrick McGilligan
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: Out of
India

Interview by Vincent LoBrutto
Lawrence Kasdan: A Humanist in Hollywood

Interview by Graham Fuller
Elmore Leonard: The Hot Kid

Interview by Patrick McGilligan
Paul Mazursky: A Map of the Heart

Interview by Nat Segaloff
Nancy Meyers: Late Bloomer

Interview by Fred Topel
John Milius: The Good Fights

Interview by Nat Segaloff
Frederic Raphael: Renaissance Man

Interview by John Baxter
Alvin Sargent: Pursuit and Destination

Interview by Patrick McGilligan
Donald E. Westlake: The Worst That Could Happen

Interview by Patrick McGilligan

Bibliographic Notes
About the Contributors
General
Index

Index of Films, Plays, and Books

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