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Publisher's Summary

Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines - the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films - that have powered them. Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse. Candid, penetrating and controversial, Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for anyone interested in the film world.
©2004 Peter Biskind (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"In Down and Dirty Pictures, Biskind takes on the movie industry of the 1990s and again gets the story....Peter Biskind captures his era as John Dunne did that of the Zanucks." ( The New York Times)
"Dishy, teeming, superbly reported...packed with lively inside anecdotes...[a] juicy and fascinating expose." ( Entertainment Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By natalie on 08-26-14

For the independent film lover!

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This is an incredibly insightful book about the inner workings of Miramax and Sundance. It is a little like seeing how sausage is made, as it takes some of the glamour out of the movies you love.

The accents that Phil Gigante does for each player range from unobtrusive to hilariously awful. It's something you can listen past, but each time Matt Damon or Spike Lee "spoke", I burst out laughing. This is a small distraction, however. The book is over 23 hours long and when it ended, I immediately started it again. If you have interest in independent or smaller movies, you will find this book completely entertaining.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Peter Debruge on 03-01-10

Sloppy book seems sleazier than its subjects

Peter Biskind delivers another juicy read, and that goes a long way, even if the book seems relentlessly one-track-minded about painting Harvey Weinstein and Robert Redford in the most unflattering possible light. Biskind must have decided what he wanted to hear before going into any interview, so his extensive reporting merely corroborates his opening thesis -- that Harvey's a boor and Redford's a control freak.

Still, it's fun to hear all that dirt, even if (in Harvey's case) it amounts to little more than chain smoking, binge eating and verbal abuse, invariably followed up with some form of apology a day later. There's none of the "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" sleaze here, even though Harvey's reputation is surrounded by revolting abuse-of-power anecdotes in real life (guess the lawyers couldn't clear that stuff).

Phil Gigante gives a lively performance to the material, taking greater care to capture the voices of his characters (back-woods Billy Bob Thornton, the Redford drawl, the belligerent Harvey, etc.) than the pronunciation of their names (David Linde, for instance, features prominently and is always called "Lind" rather than "Lind-ee"). He botches many of the names, but then, Biskind's loose with his facts, and that's a far graver transgression.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Callum Bryce on 12-01-15

Worth a Listen

What did you like most about Down and Dirty Pictures?

Peter Biskind manages to thread together interesting stories behind the development of many of the best films of the nineties into an interesting history of Harvey Weinstein's greed.

Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Gigante's performance was good, though some of the accents were a little ropey and the occasional word was mispronounced.

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A good book that is worth a listen for anyone interested in independent cinema of the nineties. Only real negative is that some of the background stories about executives and independent distributors seem unnecessarily long, while others are straight out superfluous.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Duncan on 04-07-13

Want to know about Indie films? A must listen

I am a student studying film and this book has proven to be fascinating for many reasons. For one I goes a really well written and interesting insight into how it is done in the real world if film. I also had worked well as something I could quote from and talk about in Uni work. Lots of useful information on how filmmakers such as Soderbergh, Tarantino and Smith began and worked in an Indie environment.



Very well read as well with good voices and well paced.



I would defiantly recommend!

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