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Down and dirty pictures : Miramax, Sundance, and the rise of independent film

Author: Peter Biskind
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines--Sundance and Miramax-that have powered them As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Biskind, Peter.
Down and dirty pictures.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2004
(OCoLC)607053232
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Biskind
ISBN: 068486259X 9780684862590 9780684862583 0684862581 9780747565703 0747565708
OCLC Number: 53361537
Description: x, 544 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The story till now --
Made in USA, 1989 --
The anger artists, 1989 --
Risky Business, 1990-1992 --
The buying game, 1992-1993 --
He's gotta have it, 1993-1994 --
The house that Quentin built, 1994-1995 --
Pumping up the volume, 1995-1996 --
Swimming with sharks, 1996-1997 --
Ace and Gary, 1997 --
Crossover dreams, 1997-1998 --
The bad lieutenant, 1998-1999 --
The king of New York, 1999-2000 --
All that jazz is gone, 2000-2001 --
Gods and monsters, 2001-2002 --
Postscript: The sweet hereafter.
Responsibility: Peter Biskind.
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