4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
For a brief period, the late 60s and the 70's, a group of young directors wielded more creative power than 'talent' has before or since. "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" is the story of their rise to prominence and the studios subsequent wresting back of this power - it is a magnificent read.
The book is like a hundred mini case studies of careers which went up, down, right and wrong and careers which seemed to go right but the final analysis may have gone the most horribly wrong of all (paging:George Lucas).
Not only does Biskind give us a taste of the period but also provide insight into the personal dramas that resulted in some of the best Hollywood films ever.
In the late 60s the… Read more
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This is the story of Goldcrest Films a UK studio who made many classic films including "Ghandi", "Chariots of Fire" and "The Killing Fields". Between 1981 and 1987 Goldcrest won 19 Oscars and over 50 BAFTAs and turned over millions. Despite numerous
huge hits investors in the studio lost most of their money.
As someone who has only recently entered the British film industry I found this book an absolutely fascinating if somewhat depressing account of both the history of British Film and the business of filmmaking. It is peopled by some of the real characters of British film such as Richard Attenborough, David Puttnam, John Boorman and many others, not all of whom emerge… Read more