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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520245180

ISBN-13: 9780520245181

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520245181
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Series:
Backstory Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Robert Benton : the new traditionalist11
Larry Cohen : manic energy37
Blake Edwards : jumping around83
Walter Hill : last man standing102
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala : out of India131
Lawrence Kasdan : a humanist in Hollywood160
Elmore Leonard : the hot kid195
Paul Mazursky : a map of the heart222
Nancy Meyers : late bloomer262
John Milius : the good fights274
Frederic Raphael : renaissance man317
Alvin Sargent : pursuit and destination344
Donald E. Westlake : the worst happens367

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