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The Dreamweavers: Interviews with Fantasy Filmmakers of the 1980s
     

The Dreamweavers: Interviews with Fantasy Filmmakers of the 1980s

by Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin, Jean-Marc Lofficier, Randy Lofficier
 

The box office smash Back to the Future was almost a bomb, saved only by the talents of Michael J. Fox, who was brought in to star six weeks after production had started. Ivan Reitman wasn't really interested in directing Ghostbusters. Producer Gloria Katz described Howard the Duck as "a comedy about a person with certain particular characteristics," foremost of

Overview

The box office smash Back to the Future was almost a bomb, saved only by the talents of Michael J. Fox, who was brought in to star six weeks after production had started. Ivan Reitman wasn't really interested in directing Ghostbusters. Producer Gloria Katz described Howard the Duck as "a comedy about a person with certain particular characteristics," foremost of which was that he was a duck.

These insights and many more are revealed in these interviews with some of the leading creative talents in Hollywood fantasy films during the 1980s. Fox, Reitman, Katz, Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis, Robert Donner, Jamie Gertz, Ray Bradbury, Michael Ritchie, Timothy Dalton and others discuss Big Trouble in Little China, James Bond, Conan, Dead Zone, Gremlins, Ladyhawke, Lost Boys, and other fantasy films of the decade. Each of the interviews (previously published in a different form in Starlog) is preceded by a brief introduction setting it in context.

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Library Journal
gives a variety of perspectives...enjoyable and informative
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"all the interviews are informative"
Booknews
Buckaroo Banzai, Back to the Future, Goonies, Howard the Duck, James Bond, and Nightmare on Elm Street are among the films and characters discussed in the 16 essays put together from interviews with various people associated with them, which appeared in Starlog about the time the movies appeared. Includes black and white stills. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786400850
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Pages:
303

Meet the Author

Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries based on the TV show. He co-writes the Fox and O’Hare mystery series with Janet Evanovich. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic

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