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Everyone has a favorite film (or 2 or 20) that has served as a milestone in their life. For Hollywood executives Peter Bart and Peter Guber, the movie business is the road itself, and their job as studio executives has been to bring stories to the big screen that will create those watershed moments.
Bart and Guber's Shoot Out details the filmmaking and film-selling process, from the germination of an idea to the financial complexities of international distribution, a process that often entails bitter battles of will, compromise with fiscal constraints, and the pacification of the well-known mercurial characters that contribute to the final cut. This dynamic pair have provided a step-by-step tour of the inner workings of the movie business that is rare for its candor and insight. In essence, they have put on the printed page the content of the extremely popular course they teach at UCLA. Rich in star-studded anecdotes and historical references, this is a road map of the movie business.
Throughout, Bart and Guber's love of film is apparent, and their inexhaustible zeal shines through on every page. They retain a childlike giddiness that 30 years in the business, numerous sour deals, and the inevitable failures haven't been able to squelch. Indeed, Shoot Out is an elixir for anyone intrigued or infatuated with the magic of the movies. (Ann Kashickey)