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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Biskind Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 2/2/2014

    " Biskind takes the reader into the backroom deals, tense meetings and creative energy that propped up the indie renaissance of the 1990s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 1/19/2014

    " I read this when I was applying to a job with Sundance film festival. It is clear the author dislikes both the Weinstein brothers and Robert Redford and he uses interviews with actors, directors and others in the film business to give a picture of a rather heartless and commercialized indie film industry where money rules over art. It wasn't a quick or easy read but I learned a lot of about scandal in the industry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chi Chi | 1/11/2014

    " While there are interesting anecdotes in this book, it is way too long and unfocused and really petty. I don't know that I can say that I learned that much from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliana | 1/1/2014

    " "Rise of indie movie and how dirty movie business at US" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Gattanella | 12/31/2013

    " One of those books I actually preferred listening as an audio book while I played video games. Some of this could be bullshit, I dunno, but it corroborates a lot of what I've read elsewhere about Harvey Weinstein being a total jerk and asshole with occasional moments of brilliance and goodness (certainly as a self-promoter), and it paints a vivid, high-and-low posit of what the 'indie' scene once was like. Worth it for just the stuff on Steven Soderbergh alone, but also fascinating is the stuff on the guys who ran October Films and how that went down in flames. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 12/30/2013

    " A must read for anyone who is somehow involved in the movie industry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Very | 12/30/2013

    " The three stars are for all the interesting anecdotes about the making of Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting, etc. The writing itself was mediocre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Fennessey | 12/24/2013

    " if most lives are lived in quiet desperation, harvey weinsteins' is lived in blubbery bluster. biskind=god body. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed easy riders, raging bulls and so full expected to like this too. while arguably the focus of american cinema is now very much in the hands of executives such as the weinsteins, it didn't make for as interesting a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dasha | 12/6/2013

    " Ooooh, so pulpy and so good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Bongorno | 11/29/2013

    " Biskind confirms that he is the best person to capture modern cinema on page. A fascinating look at how fickle this town can be, even if your name is Harvey Weinstein. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lukas Evan | 7/7/2013

    " Harvey Weinstein is a dick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/15/2013

    " This is really pleasing so far. Biskind does not pull his punches and is a talented writer. Many of the quotes are unattributed which questions their veracity, but it does provide a sense of what kind of people the major players Redford, Harvey and Bob weinstein might be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/9/2013

    " I liked this one less than "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" but still a worthwhile read, particularly if you work in the industry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D-train Longfellow | 12/20/2012

    " Lots of gossip in this one. Steven Soderbergh is a madman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 7/4/2012

    " I go to Sundance every year, so this was hugely entertaining to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergio GRANDE films | 5/23/2012

    " A great, almost warts-and-all look at independent movies, from Redford's outsized ego to the Wainsteins oversize mouths. Not just for moviemakers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Wolford | 4/22/2012

    " Great read about the indie boom and implosion of the 90's and the role that Miramax and Sundance played in all of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 2/21/2012

    " I learned to never trust the Weinsteins. Ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 2/20/2012

    " In short, Robert Redford's a flake, and the Weinstein brothers have terrible tempers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Mcsweeney | 12/1/2011

    " Great book if you love films and the business of making and selling them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Condon | 7/29/2011

    " Tries to push the idea that the distributors are the true heroes of the indie film business; I do not buy it. Pretty interesting but nowhere near as good as Easy Riders Raging Bulls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Briannesha | 4/27/2011

    " Anyone who likes independent films should read it. Its a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherry | 4/9/2011

    " So far, a superb read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Franck | 3/20/2011

    " Very interesting under-the-scenes view of the story of Miramax and the rise and fall of the American independent cinema. Captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " after the brilliance of Easy Riders this is almost unreadably turgid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilya | 11/8/2010

    " It's too close to home and it's too near the bone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lukas | 9/20/2010

    " Harvey Weinstein is a dick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dasha | 9/13/2010

    " Ooooh, so pulpy and so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 8/9/2010

    " Biskind takes the reader into the backroom deals, tense meetings and creative energy that propped up the indie renaissance of the 1990s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/4/2009

    " Not as good as Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Some interesting information, but leans to the salacious side of the film business "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 1/20/2009

    " Read about the evolution of Miramax and the founder Harvey Weinstein. Boy, the guy can be a jerk but reading about jerks can be a lot of fun. So many behind the scenes in Hollywood stories. Great book for a pop culture geek like myself. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Biskind

Peter Biskind is a journalist and a former executive editor of Premiere magazine. He is best known for his entertaining and provocative portrayals of life in Hollywood. He is the author of a number of national bestsellers, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood; Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film; and Gods and Monsters: Movers, Shakers, and Other Casualties of the Hollywood Machine. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.