Making Tootsie: Inside the Classic Film with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollack

Making Tootsie: Inside the Classic Film with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollack

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by Susan Dworkin
     
 

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In 1982, two superbly talented and driven men—director Sydney Pollack and actor Dustin Hoffman—collaborated to create what became an enduring classic: a movie about a serious, out-of-work actor who takes on the challenge of playing a woman in a TV soap opera and becomes a better man for it.

Hoffman had already dedicated four years to the comedy.

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In 1982, two superbly talented and driven men—director Sydney Pollack and actor Dustin Hoffman—collaborated to create what became an enduring classic: a movie about a serious, out-of-work actor who takes on the challenge of playing a woman in a TV soap opera and becomes a better man for it.

Hoffman had already dedicated four years to the comedy. Pollack was hot off of Absence of Malice when he chose the project, which had lost two earlier directors, had no final guiding script at the start of production, and was the butt of many Hollywood bad jokes.

As the only journalist Pollack and Columbia Pictures permitted on the set and in the editing room, Susan Dworkin, a playwright, award-winning documentary writer, and Ms. magazine contributing editor, conducted in-depth interviews not only with its director and star but also with the costume designer, the film editors, costars Teri Garr, Bill Murray, and Dabney Coleman, and many others. In Making ‘Tootsie,’ Dworkin captures their voices while describing how the movie became an award-winning box office sensation and the classic motion picture that the American Film Institute rates as number two on its list of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Superb…worth a semester of film school." —David Brown, producer of Jaws"

"Rarely do we have that complex creative process revealed to us with such sensitivity and insight…Susan Dworkin’s Making Tootsie is an important study, in a class with Lillian Ross’s Picture and John Gregory Dunne’s The Studio. Everyone who seriously cares about movies has to read it." —Digby Diehl, Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"Informative, crisply written and worthwhile…an intelligent account of the production of the hit movie (and) a remarkably full portrait of Hoffman the actor." —Washington Post Book World

"Making Tootsie has a sense of making a movie that very few books have." —John Gregory Dunne

"Tootsie has already achieved a reputation as a classic film comedy. Dworkin’s fluid, marvelously detailed book goes a long way toward explaining why." —People

People Magazine
"This fluid, marvelously detailed book goes a long way toward explaining why Tootsie has already achieved a reputation as a classic film comedy…Making Tootsie is more than a pleasing photo-filled souvenir of a popular hit. Books about the making of movies are plentiful; honest ones are rare."
John Gregory Dunne
“I once said that wanted to be a screenwriter was like wanting to be a co-pilot. Ms. Dworkin captures that perfectly…Making Tootsie has a sense of making a movie that very few books have.”
Patricia Bosworth
“A must for all film buffs [includes] revealing interviews with Hoffman and Pollack as well as a fascinating section on make-up and costumes.”
Larry Gelbart
“A stunning job of research, observation and reporting.”
People
“This fluid, marvelously detailed book goes a long way toward explaining why Tootsie has already achieved a reputation as a classic film comedy…Making Tootsie is more than a pleasing photo-filled souvenir of a popular hit. Books about the making of movies are plentiful; honest ones are rare.”
Los Angeles Times
” A perceptive and provocative work…Dworkin cuts through the filmmaking process’ technical lingo and yet manages to maintain a respect for the dynamics that result in a successful film.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557049667
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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John Gregory Dunne
“I once said that wanted to be a screenwriter was like wanting to be a co-pilot. Ms. Dworkin captures that perfectly…Making Tootsie has a sense of making a movie that very few books have.”
Larry Gelbart
“A stunning job of research, observation and reporting.”
Patricia Bosworth
“A must for all film buffs [includes] revealing interviews with Hoffman and Pollack as well as a fascinating section on make-up and costumes.”

Meet the Author

Acclaimed writer Susan Dworkin is the author of many books, including the memoir The Nazi Officer’s Wife with Edith Hahn Beer, the novel Stolen Goods, the novel-musical The Book of Candy, the self-help book The Ms. Guide to a Woman’s Health with Dr. Cynthia W. Cooke, and the film studies Making Tootsie and Double De Palma. She wrote the Peabody Award-winning TV documentary She's Nobody’s Baby: American Women in the 20th Century and was a longtime contributing editor to Ms. Magazine. She lives in New Jersey.

Bess Myerson now devotes her time mainly to advocacy in the area of women’s health research and treatment, consumerism, education, and peace in the Middle East. She is on the National Advisory Board of the State of Israel Bonds, a member of the “Share” Board and a trained facilitator working with ovarian cancer survivors, and one of the founders of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. She lives in New York City.

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Making Tootsie: Inside the Classic Film with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollack 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so boring I found myself skipping pages looking for something, anything to interest me. Thank god it only cost me a dollar or I would be really mad.